Jonny Quest Live-Action Feature Film On The Way!
Holy crap it's finally here! On numerous occasions since Transformers hit theaters in early July, I've talked with my friends about what my own personal most nostalgic childhood cartoon series would be if adapted to the big screen. My answer would always be "Jonny Quest". I watched that show religiously on Cartoon Network as a kid and knew every last thing about it. Now many years later they've finally decided to do it - Warner Brothers is adapting Jonny Quest into a live-action feature film!
The film is being produced by Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter, the same two who are bringing the Hitman movie this October, and written by Dan Mazeau. It'll be good to look at Hitman to get a basic idea of how (and if) they'll be able to pull this off.
The Animated TV series debuted originally in the 1960s and revolved around a young boy (named Jonny Quest) who travels the world with his scientist father (named Dr. Benton Quest), adopted brother from India (named Hadji), Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent assigned to protect them as they go on adventures investigating scientific mysteries. The show was updated in the late '80s and '90s as "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" - the one that I watched all the time on Cartoon Network as a kid.
My only major concern is this statement: "Askarieh, a longtime fan of the series, is hoping to turn the property into a family-friendly adventure franchise." As much as I'd personally love to see a real gritty PG-13 Jonny Quest, I really don't want to see the PG Jonny Quest that they'll probably make. This year's Nancy Drew was bad enough and with my own nostalgia with this series, I especially want to see this turn out great.
However, IESB.net interviewed the producers following this announcement and found out some interesting details, including that it actually may be heading towards a PG-13 rating given the success of the Harry Potter franchise. Their enthusiasm for the project, including for Dan Mazeau's script, is incredible.
Alter said, "This is our Pirates. Our Transformers. We've been working on this for a year. Meeting with writers, hearing different people's takes on it. We always knew we wanted to do an origin movie about how Race and Hadji came to join the Quest family. Dan Mazeau's take is the ULTIMATE version of that. He's going to be one of the biggest writers in Hollywood. He's already one of the hottest. As for tone, this isn't going to be some kiddie movie. Our model is Raiders... 4-quadrant? Absolutely. But with that bite or edge that made Pirates so cool."
Adrian Askarieh also added that everything's going wonderfully at Warner Brothers. "To be working on Jonny Quest at Warner Brothers, is a dream come true. We have had nothing but support, and excitement and look to deliver a worthy script of this great property."
I'm more than happy to finally see this come together and it means I'll actually be able to live out my nostalgic childhood. I really can't wait and I hope more than anything that this heads in the right direction. Good luck Askarieh and Alter!