A film that’s been in development hell for a number of years may have finally found its ticket to the screen. Sin City and Desperado helmer Robert Rodriguez has signed on-board the long gestating live action adaptation of Jonny Quest for Warner Bros per THR.
Rodriguez will be teaming with Terry Rossio (The Pirates of the Carribean series) on the script, and will also direct in his first outing since the poorly received Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
Jonny Quest, the 1964 Hanna-Barbera adventure series, centered on the title character and his globe-trotting missions with his father, side-kick Hadji, and bodyguard Race Bannon, lasted only one season, but it made a big mark on pop-culture via syndication and a few revival attempts.
Without Jonny Quest, we’d have no Venture Brothers, and what a sad, sad world that would be.
Previous attempts to adapt Quest for the big screen included a Zac Efron-Dwayne Johnson starring film, directed by Peter Segal. So, at the very least, one massive bullet was dodged. We’ll see what Rodriguez, who is needs a bounce-back in a big way, can bring to the table. Given that his Spy Kids series was a big hit, this may be just what the doctor ordered.
Well, I’m at least more interested than when Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnston were being attached to the project. For a while I was wondering if the producers of a live-action JONNY QUEST would be better off just making a VENTURE BROS. movie instead. Let’s hope that Rodriquez avoids camp but retains a sense of fun.
So: Period-piece or update the material?
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