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Robert Rodriguez to direct Jonny Quest for Warner Bros

05.26.2015

Robert Rodriguez has signed on to direct JONNY QUEST for Warner Bros, his first major studio film in over a decade. The film is the latest attempt in a long development history for the classic animated series about a teenage adventurer. Rodriguez, best known for his adult fare, has also made a steady stream of family-oriented movies via his Troublemaker Studios. Both the SPY KIDS franchise and THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVA GIRL have toyed with 3D and other technology but have lacked the budget a major studio could provide.

JONNY QUEST will be re-written by Rodriguez along with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN scribe Terry Rossio. They will revise a Black List-nominated draft by Dan Mazeau. While the plot details are unknown, it is expected to follow the storyline of the original cartoon.

Dr. Benton Quest is a research scientist who is frequently called upon for missions that require his scientific and technical expertise. He is usually accompanied by his son Jonny, his tutor/bodyguard Race Bannon, their bulldog with the distinctive mask-like eye markings named Bandit, and Hadji, an Indian orphan who has special abilities of his own. Together, they investigate mysteries, perform rescues and battle nefarious villains around the world, most notably Dr. Zin.

There have been multiple animated updates to JONNY QUEST but a live action film has never materialized. The last version was rumored in 2009 to star Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Whether the Robert Rodriguez version will cast a teen in the lead role or a younger actor is unknown, but Rodriguez does have a history of working well with children.

If anything, I hope this take on JONNY QUEST will veer towards THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and tell a more serious adventure story rather than the more comedic SPY KIDS films. It also will be our first glimpse at what Robert Rodriguez can do with a massive budget.

There is currently no production or release date set for JONNY QUEST.

Source: Deadline

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12:24PM on 05/27/2015
Yes perfect time for Sean Connery to come out of retirement and play Dr. Quest.
Yes perfect time for Sean Connery to come out of retirement and play Dr. Quest.
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5:39AM on 05/27/2015

yesss!!

well it's about time! i was wishing for this in the freaking 90's!
well it's about time! i was wishing for this in the freaking 90's!
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2:14AM on 05/27/2015
If only Brock Sampson could make an appearance...
If only Brock Sampson could make an appearance...
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11:46PM on 05/26/2015
I want to know Rodriguez hasn't lost whatever touch he had. Very few of his movies had much of a story to them, but the guy had flare. His Troublemaker movies are increasingly self-parody, so to see him work with someone else's money, on a property he doesn't own the rights to, is exciting to me. True, he tends to play in two ballparks, the Hard R, and the for Little Kids. Maybe with his own kids getting older, he could direct for their demographic more.
I want to know Rodriguez hasn't lost whatever touch he had. Very few of his movies had much of a story to them, but the guy had flare. His Troublemaker movies are increasingly self-parody, so to see him work with someone else's money, on a property he doesn't own the rights to, is exciting to me. True, he tends to play in two ballparks, the Hard R, and the for Little Kids. Maybe with his own kids getting older, he could direct for their demographic more.
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7:59PM on 05/26/2015
i was wondering when this would come about.

I just hope they don't change any of the characters into women/girls.
i was wondering when this would come about.

I just hope they don't change any of the characters into women/girls.
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8:09PM on 05/26/2015
probably summer 2017, so far mid May and most of August are available. Since it's a debated reboot created by one of Hollywood's less than respected directors, im guessing August.

Also, i hope they include Jessie Bannon from "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest". The short lived show from the 90s is how i'll always remember Jonny Quest, and most people agree that it was a pretty good show. Jessie is Race Bannon's daughter who tended to be more like Dr. Quest while Jonny seemed to be more like
probably summer 2017, so far mid May and most of August are available. Since it's a debated reboot created by one of Hollywood's less than respected directors, im guessing August.

Also, i hope they include Jessie Bannon from "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest". The short lived show from the 90s is how i'll always remember Jonny Quest, and most people agree that it was a pretty good show. Jessie is Race Bannon's daughter who tended to be more like Dr. Quest while Jonny seemed to be more like Race. It was an interesting dynamic. And although she was the female member of the group, there wasn't much romantic tention between any of the characters.
11:02PM on 05/26/2015
The addition of a new female character like Jessie would be fine. I'm just not interested in any changes to existing characters.
The addition of a new female character like Jessie would be fine. I'm just not interested in any changes to existing characters.
7:44PM on 05/26/2015

Venture Bros!!

I kinda wish they would make a venture bros movie instead...

Johnny Quest is going to turn into Spy Kids while Venture Bros would be a true R rated Rodriguez movie we can all get behind.
I kinda wish they would make a venture bros movie instead...

Johnny Quest is going to turn into Spy Kids while Venture Bros would be a true R rated Rodriguez movie we can all get behind.
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7:02PM on 05/26/2015
Just don't make this into Spy Kids movie, that's all I'm asking. I Love Jonny Quest. Please give it justice it deserves.
Just don't make this into Spy Kids movie, that's all I'm asking. I Love Jonny Quest. Please give it justice it deserves.
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6:27PM on 05/26/2015
It's been a while since Rodriguez has made a really good movie (Planet Terror). Some of his more recent stuff has been ok, but not up to the quality of his earlier work. There's potential out there for a good Johnny Quest movie. I'm guessing this will end up like The Wachowski's Speed Racer.
It's been a while since Rodriguez has made a really good movie (Planet Terror). Some of his more recent stuff has been ok, but not up to the quality of his earlier work. There's potential out there for a good Johnny Quest movie. I'm guessing this will end up like The Wachowski's Speed Racer.
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7:44PM on 05/26/2015
Not even Planet Terror was that great... It was gory, but it really kind of sucked. I liked the first Machete better but its sequel was shit.
Not even Planet Terror was that great... It was gory, but it really kind of sucked. I liked the first Machete better but its sequel was shit.
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5:47PM on 05/26/2015

I want so, so badly for this movie to be good.

I was a huuuuge Johnyn Quest fan as a kid (both of the original series and the 90's version). I like Rodriguez's grown up fare. Sin City is solid, Machete's fun for what it is and Once Upon a Time in Mexico is outright masterful (better than Desperado in my opinion which I feel is ever so slightly over-hyped). However, his kids films are just not good. Like even as "harmless kids films" they are just not quality material, which makes me nervous that this will be some campy self-referential romp
I was a huuuuge Johnyn Quest fan as a kid (both of the original series and the 90's version). I like Rodriguez's grown up fare. Sin City is solid, Machete's fun for what it is and Once Upon a Time in Mexico is outright masterful (better than Desperado in my opinion which I feel is ever so slightly over-hyped). However, his kids films are just not good. Like even as "harmless kids films" they are just not quality material, which makes me nervous that this will be some campy self-referential romp with bad CGI instead of the kids version of James Bond meets Indiana Jones that it could be.
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4:44PM on 05/26/2015
Was hoping he'd get Machete in Space done first.
Was hoping he'd get Machete in Space done first.
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4:20PM on 05/26/2015
I can see George Clooney as Race. I think it's the grey hair.
I can see George Clooney as Race. I think it's the grey hair.
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4:12PM on 05/26/2015
I like RR more as a personality than a filmmaker, but he's decent in his own right. Terry Rossio is a hack writer though, and if he's writing it, you can guarantee it'll be a formulaic mish mash of cliche action.
I like RR more as a personality than a filmmaker, but he's decent in his own right. Terry Rossio is a hack writer though, and if he's writing it, you can guarantee it'll be a formulaic mish mash of cliche action.
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4:03PM on 05/26/2015
I hope this is good. This is a great chance for Rodriguez to get back to his roots in western adventures and lose the cgi set for a while. Hopefully this will be "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for kids, and not "Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls" for kids.
I hope this is good. This is a great chance for Rodriguez to get back to his roots in western adventures and lose the cgi set for a while. Hopefully this will be "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for kids, and not "Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls" for kids.
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3:51PM on 05/26/2015
I used to love RR. Now, not so much...
I used to love RR. Now, not so much...
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