A live-action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera animated series Jonny Quest is on the way, and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been attached at the helm.
THR reports that Rodriguez will be directing the adaptation and writing the screenplay alongside Terry Rossio, known for his work on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The two will be reworking the draft written by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans).
The 1964 ABC (U.S. network) cartoon told of Quest, an adventurous boy who heads on missions with his father investigating strange phenomena and battling villains around the world. The expensive price tag attached to getting the series off the ground led to only one season being aired, but it gathered a loyal following thanks to years in syndication. 1986 saw a new series run, this one lasting 13 episodes.
The idea of a live-action Jonny Quest film adaptation has been doing the rounds in Hollywood for a while now. Superman director Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner flirted with an adaptation in the early 90s, after Ted Turner acquired the Hanna-Barbera Library. The current project’s producers, Dan Lin (The Lego Movie) and Adrian Askarieh (Hitman: Agent 47), had a crack at a live-action film in 2007, which brought Mazeau’s screenplay on board. 2010 saw another attempt, this one with a plan to have Zac Efron in the titular role, Dwayne Johnson taking on the role of Roger “Race” Bannon and 50 First Dates director Peter Segal at the helm.
Here’s a look at the intro and close of one of the original episodes: