The Flintstones script
Synopsis: Big-hearted, dim-witted factory worker Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) lends money to his friend Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis) so that he can adopt a baby. As thanks, Barney swaps his IQ test for Fred's during an executive search program. After getting promoted, however, Fred becomes embroiled in the dastardly scheming of his boss Cliff Vandercave (Kyle MacLachlan), who enlists his secretary, Sharon Stone (Halle Berry), to seduce Fred, angering Fred's wife, Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins).

FADE IN:

1 EXT. SLATE QUARRY -DAY 1

FRED FLINTSTONE, archetypical Everyman, sits atop his

faithful heavy-equipment dinosaur, cranking the winch

that makes the mighty beast rip and tear into the quarry

wall.

2 THE QUARRY FOREMAN 2

looks down at his wristwatch. Well... actually, it's a

wrist sundial. And it's magic time... quittin' time...

Millerock time!

Now the foreman turns from his watch to a steam whistle

bird, and yanks its tail. The BIRD SQUAWKS the end of

the workday -3

ANOTHER ANGLE 3

FRED:

YABBA DABBA DO --!

Fred happily discards his hard hat, leaps out of the

canvas-roofed cab on the dino's back, slides down the

tail and bounces right into the seat of his stone and

timber car! He gets up to a running start with the only

motor (his feet), slows to allow a "time clock" dinosaur

to punch his stone timecard, and then he's trotting back

up to speed and out of the gate! MUSIC comes UP and

OVER -MUSIC

(V.O.)

'Flintstones,

Meet the Flintstones,

They're a modern

Stone age fam-i-ly --'

--And so forth, as for the first time in "his-tor-y" we

see the Flintstones' OPENING CREDITS live!

4 TIGHT ON A MAILBOX 4

reading "FLINTSTONE." We WIDEN as Fred SKIDS to a halt

in the driveway of his three-bedroom ranch cave. A

moment later, WILMA and PEBBLES run out --both looking

just like they should --and get into the car. A beat

behind them are the Flintstone pets, Dino and the

saber-toothed cat.

Fred pauses, looks around... HONKS his HORN... BARNEY,

BETTY and BAM-BAM come out of the neighboring house, hop

in!

(CONTINUED)

2.

4 CONTINUED:
4

Fred's feet slap on the street as the car starts

up -

MUSIC (V.O.)

'From the

Town of Bedrock

They're a page right

Out of his-tor-y --'

5 DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATRE -DUSK 5

Fred and company pull in. He takes a giant sea shell

"speaker" off of its wooden stand and hooks it to his

car door. He leans over, puts his arm around Wilma.

(In the back seat, Dino pops his head up, tearing through

the canvas top.) Dino picks up Pebbles and Bam-Bam and

puts them on his head for a better view. CAMERA ZOOMS IN

ON the drive-in screen and the words that America has

waited twenty-five years to see in 70mm Dolby(TM) drop-

your-popcorn reality:

THE FLINTSTONES:

And as the MAIN CREDITS ROLL, we -

DISSOLVE TO:

6 AN EERIE CARBONIFEROUS FOREST -DAWN 6

Dew drips from strange multi-leafed plants. Giant

DRAGONFLIES BUZZ AND HUM to and fro. Bubbles rise from

a still pond, and weird lungfish move onto the land.

(The third one out carries a little suitcase.)

CAMERA PANS PAST the lungfish TO a muddy shore. With a

DRAMATIC MUSICAL STING, we DISCOVER a set of strange,

hideous clawprints. The CAMERA FOLLOWS these, then

WIDENS to reveal the make of these footprints: A seven-

foot tall and fearful beast we will call the Xenosaurus.

It looks around menacingly. (Oddly, it's carrying a

canvas sack, but we don't stress this.)

Suddenly a garbage truck appears out of nowhere and runs

over the Xenosaurus.

7 NEW ANGLE 7

Dazed, the Xenosaurus gets up. As it does, we realize

that we aren't deep in some primeval forest, but on the

shoulder of a gravel highway. A stone road sign reads

BEDROCK 1/2 MILE. ROCK VEGAS, BABYLON & EDEN NEXT THREE

EXITS. Now, the CAMERA CRANES UP ABOVE the sign and

we see --Bedrock!

(CONTINUED)

3.

7 CONTINUED:
7

Nestled incongruously in a savage landscape, the charming

protosuburbia gleams in the dawn's early Spielberg light.

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Jim Jennewein

Jim Jennewein is a screenwriter and writer. In 2008, he partnered with author Tom S. Parker and together they wrote their first novel, Runewarriors: Shield of Odin, which is based on Norse mythology. more…

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