Robert Rodriguez to Direct Live-Action Jonny Quest Movie

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Jonny Quest Is Getting A Live Action Movie, Get The Details.

Robert Rodriguez has come on board to co-write and direct a live-action feature adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon “Jonny Quest” for Warner Bros. “Pirates of the Caribbean” scribe Terry Rossio will co-write with Dan Lin producing through his Lin Pictures banner with Adrian Askarieh via his Prime Universe shingle.At this point, in the world we live in, it’s no use lamenting the fact that all of your favorite things are being remade, re-envisioned, and otherwise rehashed, because that’s just reality. And today we can add another one to the metaphorical woodpile, as Sin City and Machete director Robert Rodriguez is working on a live-action Jonny Quest movie.

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. Deadline reports that Rodriguez is teaming up with Warner Bros. in what will be yet another attempt to bring boy adventurer Jonny Quest to life on the silver screen. While the series lasted only two seasons, Quest began to build a cult following, leading to a handful of spinoff series that have helped build a fanbase over the past several decades. Jonny is the kid who accompanied his scientist father, their bodyguard Race Bannon and Jonny’s pal Hadji on a series of global adventures that always involved some evil conspiracy that forced Jonny to work his way out of danger.

There’s definite potential inherent in the story, and if handled correctly, this could very well tap into the same younger audience that Rodriguez lit up with Spy Kids. 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. Though the second, third, and fourth movies in that franchise all met with gradually diminishing returns, the first still totally holds up and stands alongside some of the all time great kids movies. The series ran for a season on ABC primetime in 1964 and lives forever in reruns, an updated animated series, and in comic book and merchandising incarnations.

It’s kind of an Indiana Jones for a younger set, and could very easily be something a lot of kids movies aren’t, a chance for the kids to truly be the hero. 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.

This seems like a good idea; Rodriguez has the playful sensibility in general and was successful in that kid empowerment theme with his Spy Kids films. Warner acquired the entire Hanna-Barbera collection a few years back as part of another deal with TBS, and they’ve tried numerous times to get an adaptation off the ground, with almost zero success thus far. 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. There was even an adaptation percolating that was reportedly going to star Zac Efron as Jonny, with Dwayne Johnson as Race Bannon, which would have been awesome, if in the same ballpark as The Rock’s Journey movies.

With Robert Rodriguez set to take the helm, he is going to take a whack at rewriting the script, working with Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl).

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