Robert Rodriguez has joined to co-write and direct a live-action adaptation of the dormant yet classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, “Jonny Quest” for Warner Bros.
Johnny Quest was a 1964 ABC primetime animated cartoon that chronicles the amazing adventures of Johnny Quest, a boy who goes with his dad on missions across the globe. Rounding out the team are Hadji, a Kolkatan orphan and Jonny’s best friend; his pet bulldog, Bandit; and government agent/bodyguard Race Bannon. (Jonny was voiced by Tim Matheson of Animal House fame, and his father, Benton C. Quest, was voiced by John Stephenson, who incidentally passed away just last week.)
Although the cartoon lasted only a season due to the expensive it took to produce and not rating, it endured lucratively for Warner Bros for the next few decades in TV syndication.
I think that Johnny Quest may have discovered the right fit this time around with Rodriguez, who, in addition to his very violent and R-rated movies (Sin City, Machete), has shown a legitimate love and proficiency in creating entertaining and fun children adventure movies with his four installments of the Spy Kids series.