Jonny Quest live-action film in the works

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jonny Quest live-action film in the works.

According to a report on Deadline Hollywood, Warner Bros. has set Robert Rodriguez as the director for their latest attempt at bringing the Hanna-Barbera cartoon to life. Robert Rodriguez has come aboard the adventure project, an adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which has been dormant for the past several years. First appearing in the form of the 1964 cartoon series “The Adventures of Jonny Quest,” the series follows a boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures.

According to the Hollywood Reproter, the series was created and designed by Doug Wildey, and was revived in the 1980s after being cancelled because it was too expensive to produce. Rodriguez has made a name for himself with his violent action pics, but his most successful films to date have been the family-friendly “Spy Kids” movies. Rounding out the team are Hadji, a Kolkatan orphan and Jonny’s best friend; his pet bulldog, Bandit; and government agent/bodyguard Race Bannon. (Jonny was voiced by Tim Matheson of Animal House fame, and his father, Benton C. Previous attempts at making a live action series included a version where Zac Efron was slated to play Jonny and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson was slated to play Race Bannon.

After Ted Turner bought the Hanna-Barbera library in the early 1990s, Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon) and Lauren Shuler Donner were involved in an adaptation. Lin, one of the producers behind The Lego Movie, and Askarieh, who is producing the upcoming Hitman: Agent 47 movie, began developing a new version in 2007. Quest may have found the right fit this time around with Rodriguez, who, apart from his violent and R-rated fare (Sin City, Machete), has shown a love and proficiency in making kids’ adventure movies with his four-installment Spy Kids series.

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