Zac Efron Sort Of Confirms His Involvement in Jonny Quest
Back in February we reported a rumor that Zac Efron was being considered for the live-action Jonny Quest movie in development at Warner Brothers. It was a solid rumor coming from legit sources, but the problem is that he is just too old. In the actual cartoon, Jonny is only 11, but Efron is 21 years old, meaning he'd be much too old for the character. Moviehole talked with Efron yesterday and got confirmation that's interested in the role, but not much more than that. "Yea, yea… It's a great idea. It'd be very fun," Efron said. That's enough for us, because we probably won't get official confirmation for at least a few months.
Efron didn't like talking about the project much, saying, "It's so hard when people start leaking titbits. They're very, very early on [with it] - not that it won't happen happen, it's just early." So if he won't talk, why not go to Dwayne Johnson, who is rumored as Race Bannon? MTV caught up with Johnson recently and got a bit more out of him about Efron's character, oddly, but nothing about his involvement as Bannon. "From what I know they're going to go in a different direction," Johnson told MTV. "Other than that I'm not quite sure what the details are just in terms of the creative." Of course, another dead end!
But what does he mean about the "different direction"? Well, it ties back to the age of Efron versus the age of Jonny. "It's important to be authentic," he said. "If you're going to do that, Jonny can't be in his 20's." That makes sense. "He could be [Jonny Quest] if he was younger," Johnson continued. "That's what I'm talking about - taking it in a different direction - and having it not be Jonny Quest. That's possibly the idea." Wait, that can't be right! What I think he's trying to say is that they'll re-write it so that Jonny is older but it won't be the same as the cartoon - maybe a re-imagining of sort? Is this an idea we can live with?