Robert Rodriguez Heads to Warner Bros for 'Jonny Quest' Movie
"We’ve gotta get out of here and fast." It looks like we finally have some forward movement on the Jonny Quest live-action movie, which has been in development for years and years. We posted extensively back in 2007-2011 about a Jonny Quest movie, based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, with rumors of Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson teaming up for the lead roles, but nothing ever came together. Deadline is now reporting that Warner Bros has hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie, and he'll also rewrite the script with Terry Rossio (of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger), that was originally written by Dan Mazeau. No word if Dwayne Johnson is back (he seems like the better fit, in all honesty) but at least they have a director.
The show, which originally debuted in the 1960s and was reinvented in the 1980s and 1990s. The franchise revolves around a boy named Jonny Quest who accompanies his scientist father, their bodyguard Race Bannon and Jonny's pal Hadji on a series of global adventures that always involve some evil conspiracy. Here's to hoping Robert Rodriguez can pull this off, as someone with expertise in creating unique action-packed adventure stories like Spy Kids, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D and Desperado. I remember hearing at one point that Rodriguez was considering The Jetsons movie, but maybe this (Jonny Quest) is a better adaptation of a cartoon to try out first. We'll keep an eye on development as it continues.