Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane to Reboot the Flintstones

Seth MacFarlane has made fun of “The Flintstones” plenty on his “Family Guy” animated TV show, so it’s probably only fair that he pick up the pieces and try to make the property respectable again.

Hitfix reports that the creator of “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, and “The Cleveland Show” will be remaining at Fox for a while, as the studio has just signed him to reboot “The Flintstones” on the small tube as well as on the big screen as a new franchise.

The deal is between 20th Century Fox TV and Warner Bros Television, who owns the rights to the prehistoric family. The rebooted “Flintstones” TV show will air on Fox sometime in 2013. MacFarlane, who says that the first drawings he ever did as a kid was of Fred, Barney, Betty and Wilma, promises that he won’t “mess” with the characters, saying:

There’s no reason to mess with it. You don’t want to mess with ‘The Flintstones’ theme song. The characters, they’ll look the same. The only thing that really will change is the stories you’re telling.

The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone. So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.

If the number of times “The Flintstones” have shown up in “Family Guy” over the years are any indication, it certainly proves that MacFarlane has always had the prehistoric family on the brains: