‘The Flintstones’ to be revived by ‘Family Guy’ creator

Seth McFarlane will develop a new version of 'The Flintstones' for Fox

The Flintstones is being revived by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

MacFarlane will oversee a new version of the prehistoric animated cartoon, which originally ran from 1960 to 1966, for US network Fox.

The writer and artist promised to give an up-to-date spin to the exploits of Fred and Wilma Flintstone and their neighbours Betty and Barney Rubble, according to Hollywoodreporter.com.

He said: “What’s the animal version of the iPod? That’s the kind of thing we have to think about. One of the first things that I drew when I was two years old was Fred Flintstone. So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise.”

He continued: “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.”

The network’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly added: “Fox has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintsones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air.”

The show will go into production immediately, with a launch scheduled for 2013.