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The love-him-or-hate-him brain behind Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and an upcoming reboot of The Flinstones wants to sink his teeth into a new version of a beloved science fiction franchise. That’s right, Seth MacFarlane wants to take over Star Trek, as revealed in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview.
MacFarlane is particularly eager to reboot one of his favorite franchises, Star Trek, for TV. “I don’t know who would give me the keys to that car,” he jokes, acknowledging that the films have been so profitable for Paramount that he isn’t so sure they have a lot of interest in getting back into the TV business. “But I’d love to see that franchise revived for television in the way that it was in the 1990s: very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science fiction audience.”
MacFarlane also discussed Family Guy and his theory that the series should have ended a few seasons back, but has been kept alive for fans and the hundreds people bringing the show to life every week.
“Part of me thinks that Family Guy should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right lifespan for a TV series,” he says of a show that launched its tenth season last month. “I talk to the fans and in a way I’m kind of secretly hoping for them to say we’re done with it. There are plenty of people who say the show is kind of over the hill… but still the vast majority go pale in the face when I mention the possibility.” As he sees it, there’s something to be said for wrapping up the series and doing a movie once every couple of years. “Creatively, that would be the way to do it for me. Do a really fantastic final episode while the show is still strong,” he says, acknowledging that there are plenty of powerful reasons — including the viewer demand and the amount of people employed by the series, some 300 people in total — to give him pause. (There is a deal in place for a Family Guy movie, which he is writing with series co-producer Ricky Blitt; it’s now a matter of finding time in MacFarlane’s schedule to make it happen.)
The multi-voiced creator also discussed updating some of the technology on The Flinstones for a modern era, his desire to create an modern version of an old-fashioned musical and why being employed by Disney is like working in a concentration camp.