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Published On: Sat, May 30th, 2015

Robert Rodriguez to adapt Hanna Barbera’s ‘Jonny Quest’

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest, about the globe-trotting adventures of a boy, his scientist father, and a small group of compatriots, has been in development as a film for years. Now the project moves ahead with Robert Rodriguez set to direct.

From Slash Film, “Back in 2008 a Jonny Quest script even ended up on the Black List of popular unproduced screenplays. But that version stalled out, and has remained in limbo for a very long time. Now Warner Bros. has revived the Jonny Quest movie plan, and has Robert Rodriguez set to direct.” 

The draft that hit the Black List, by Dan Mazeau, had a simple logline:

Young Jonny Quest travels the world with his scientist father, adopted brother from India, Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent assigned to protect them while they investigate scientific mysteries.

THR reports that Terry Rossio (The Pirates of the Caribbean) will rewrite Mazeau’s script with Rodriguez.

“The expensive original show only lasted one season, but its combination of innocence and pulp adventure ideas is right in line with what Rodriguez loves. It’s easy to see the guy who made the Spy Kids movies and is redoing Frank Frazetta’s Fire and Ice taking on this film. And it isn’t a stretch to see that Warner Bros. would be happy to have a guy comfortable working with lower than usual studio budgets potentially making a big kid-friendly movie that can be licensed like crazy,” Splash noted.

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