Although known for films with an over-the-top brand of violence like Sin City or Machete, the director of those films is returning to his roots as a filmmaker with a knack for all-ages adventure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Robert Rodriguez has been tapped by Warner Bros. to create a live-action cinematic adaptation of Jonny Quest, which chronicles the adventures a young boy takes with his scientist father for the US government after he endures the loss of his mother. In addition to taking the reins as the project’s director, Rodriguez will also serve as a co-writer on a new draft of the screenplay, along with Terry Rossio (Small Soldiers, the Pirates of the Caribbean films).
Originally an animated series from well-known production house Hanna-Barbera airing between 1964-65, “Jonny Quest” introduced the world to the young Jonny, an intelligent and athletic 11-year old who assists his father, Dr. Benton Quest, with various assignments given to him by the government. Joining them on their adventures is “Race” Bannon, a special agent, bodyguard, and pilot that helps to protect the team, and Hadji, a young orphan from Calcutta who is adopted by Dr. Quest and becomes Jonny’s best friend and brother.
For awhile, it was thought that Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies) would be taking up this project with his wife, Lauren Shuler-Donner, producing. It lingered in development hell for a protracted period of time, until the husband-wife duo moved onto other things.
Given Rodriguez’s resume with films like the Spy Kids series along with Shark Boy and Lava Girl, a new adaptation of Jonny Quest seems like a great fit for Rodriguez’s skill set. No release information is available yet, but keep an eye on GeekNation for any new details that will emerge from this project!
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