Denise Di Novi, who recently produced Crazy, Stupid, Love, as well as Edward Scissorhands, James & the Giant Peach, and, uh, Catwoman, talks of her long-gestating big-screen adaptation of a little something called The Jetsons:
I’ve been developing that for so many years. We actually just turned a new draft in of that script last week to the studio, so I’m still trying to make it. I still think it would be a hit movie. [Robert Rodriguez] was attached to it and his version was fantastic, but it wasn’t a mainstream studio picture. It was kind of his version of what he would shoot at his studio in Texas. He’s got a great set-up down there, and I think part of it is that it may be fun to play with all those big toys at his studio, but he has a pretty good system going.
She goes on to talk about why it’s been difficult to make the film happen in a constantly changing cinematic climate:
Part of it is that every couple of years, the genre kind of changes. I really credit Jeff Robinov at Warner Bros. with this. In choosing Christopher Nolan to do Batman, he really exploded the expectations on adapting all these kinds of titles. The pressure is on to really make them the coolest movies, and not the cornball cartoon movies. Every couple years it’s changed what they thought the movie should be and I’m hoping now we’re hitting it at the right time. I’ve never given up on that movie.
So yeah, that sounds like she’s definitely getting close to making it happen. I, for one, wouldn’t mind seeing a melding of the two options. I don’t think it has to be the cool, sci-fi, futuristic version of Minority Report, but then again, I don’t want to see happen to The Jetsons what’s happening to The Smurfs. Perhaps they could find a marriage there where The Jetsons is this saturated, utopian, but not all-too-realistic version of the future. I could see someone like Edgar Wright directing with his flair for editing, comedic chemistry and fast-paced direction. Seeing what he’s done with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World only enforces this feeling and I hope they can make it happen and due justice to a TV show that lives on in my memory.[Via Collider]