Director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids) is bound for another adventure as he’s boarded Warner Bros.’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Jonny Quest.
Rodriguez will write the script alongside Terry Rossio, who has penned films including Pirates of the Caribbean and Small Soldiers.
The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon followed the young Jonny Quest as he accompanied his father, Benton C. Quest; their government agent bodyguard Race Bannon; Hadji, a Calcutta orphan and Jonny’s best friend; and his dog Bandit on globe-trotting adventures that saw them battling everything from mummies to robots. It ran for just one season in ABC in 1964 before being canceled due to high production costs. Decades later, however, it experienced renewed interest at the hands of syndication.
Two animated revivals occurred in the mid-’80s and early-’90s, the former of which introduced the Jessie Bradshaw character to the franchise. A series of direct-to-video and TV cartoon movies have also been produced, including one due this June that teams the characters with Tom and Jerry: Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest.
Producers Dan Lin and Adrian Askarieh have been trying to get the film off the ground for some time. In 2009 and 2010, Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson were attached to star as Quest and Bannon, respectively, in a live action Jonny Quest with Peter Segal eyeing the director’s chair. They would’ve shot from a script by Dan Mazeau, whose screenplay will be now reworked by Rodrigues and Rossio.
In an unfortunate bit of timing, John Stephenson, who voiced Benton on the original series, as well as Mr. Slate on The Flintstones, died just last week.