The future is now, so where’s my flying car?
The MTV Movies Blog reports that director Robert Rodriguez is definitely planning to start filming next year a live action version of the ’60s cartoon “The Jetsons.” As you may or may not remember, “The Jetsons” was a speculative look at what life would be like in the future for an average family. Robot servants, machines that automatically created food with a few punches of a button, flying cars etc. It was essentially “The Flintstones” in space as opposed to the Stone Age.
The busy Rodriguez is planning another “Predator” film, as well as another “Sin City.” He’s also working on “Machete,” a spin-off from “Grindhouse,” and a sci-fi thriller, “Nervewrackers.” Yet somehow he will take time out from all that to make a live action version of the Jetsons, a mediocre cartoon that now will probably be done in a snarky way because life in the future as they envisioned it isn’t really that different from life in the ’60s. I guess they’ll set it in the 22nd century as opposed to the 21st or something like that to try to make it seem like that’s when the jet packs will be ready for everyday use.
I’m sure they’ll be able to throw in some cute effects and design elements, but really, I just can’t get excited about this. Must every run of the mill TV show become a movie? Can someone take a risk on an original idea? Please?