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Animated Flintstones movie in works

Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are headed to the big screen - in a new animated movie produced by Will Ferrell.

The caveman pals featured in the hit Hanna-Barbera cartoon comedy The Flintstones, which was previously adapted into a live action film in 1994 starring John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell.

Now Warner Bros has announced it has hired Chris Henchy, partner with Anchorman star Will and Adam McKay at Gary Sanchez Productions, to write a script for the new animated version. Will and Adam will be executive producers on the project.

It has not yet been announced who will voice the lead characters.

The Flintstones were billed as the "modern Stone Age family" and the cartoon saw the cavemen driving cars with stone wheels and using gadgets powered by dinosaurs and other creatures.

The show, which ran from 1960-66, was the first animation ever to be nominated for a primetime Emmy award for best comedy series.

Warner Bros acquired the rights to The Flintstones as part of Time Warner's acquisition of Turner Broadcasting in 1996.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane signed up in 2011 to executive produce a new Flintstones TV series. It was expected to air in 2013, but the project was delayed.

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