Cancelled Movies. Wiki

In 1985, producers Keith Barish and Joel Silver bought the rights for a live-action feature film version of The Flintstones and commissioned Steven E. de Souza to write a script with Richard Donner hired to direct. De Souza's script submitted in September 1987 was eventually rejected and in October 1989 a new script by Daniel and Joshua Goldin was submitted. Peter Martin Wortmann and Robert Conte submitted another draft in March 1990 before Mitch Markowitz was hired to write a script


Fred and Barney leave their town during a terrible depression and go across the country, looking for jobs. They wind up in trailer parks trying to keep their families together. They exhibit moments of heroism and poignancy".

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. Markowitz's version was apparently too sentimental for director Donner, who disliked it.
  2. A further draft was then submitted and revised by Jeffrey Reno and Ron Osbourne in 1991 and 1992 which were both rejected.


  • Eventually, the rights were bought by Amblin Entertainment and Steven Spielberg who, after working with Goodman on Always, was determined to cast him in the lead as Fred. Brian Levant was hired as director, knowing he was the right person because of his love for the original series. They knew he was an avid fan of the series because of his Flintstones items collection and the knowledge he had from the series.
  • The Flintstones movie was finally released on May 27, 1994.