The LEGO Batman Film director Chris McKay will helm Warner Bros.’ Jonny Quest film, which was initially set to be directed by Robert Rodriguez. Plot particulars for the upcoming film had been reported a number of years again, and indicated that the movie could be devoted to its authentic supply materials. Terry Rossio, Dan Mazaeu and Robert Rodriguez all took a crack on the script at one time.
The unique Jonny Quest sequence, following the globe-trotting adventures of the youthful title character and his buddies Race Bannon and Hadji, was a Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon that debuted in 1964 and ran till 1965. The unique 26 episodes aired in syndication for many years in edited kind, changing into acquainted to ’80s youngsters underneath the title The New Adventures of Jonny Quest. The Quest character would pop up once more within the feature-length TV films Jonny’s Golden Quest and Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Bugs, in addition to the Cartoon Community sequence The Actual Adventures of Jonny Quest.
Plans for a Jonny Quest live-action characteristic movie have been round for the reason that ’90s, and seemingly gained steam in 2009 when Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron had been tapped to star. Later Robert Rodriguez joined the mission, however now he has exited as director and Chris McKay of Lego Batman Film fame has jumped aboard (through The Wrap). Warner Bros. is reportedly searching for a serious star to tackle the position of Race Bannon, the particular agent assigned to be Jonny’s bodyguard/tutor. The position of Hadji, a streetwise child from India who turns into Jonny’s good friend, additionally affords the chance for some numerous casting.
New Jonny Quest director Chris McKay’s background is in animation, along with his early works together with the cult sequence Ethical Orel, Titan Most and Robotic Rooster, in addition to the TV film Robotic Rooster: Star Wars III. McKay made the leap to studio filmmaking on the computer-animated The Lego Batman Film, which racked up $312 million on the international field workplace. McKay’s subsequent introduced mission is the Dungeons & Dragons adaptation arrange at Paramount by way of Hasbro’s Allspark Footage. McKay can be lined up to direct Nightwing, a standalone DC film based mostly on the comedian ebook character Dick Grayson.
On the subject of nostalgia titles, Jonny Quest carries a sure enduring appeal for individuals sufficiently old to have watched Saturday morning cartoons within the ’80s, although it definitely would not have the identical popular culture profile as different Hanna-Barbara titles like The Flintstones and The Jetsons, each of which have already discovered their approach to the large display screen. Warner Bros. and DC definitely know what Chris McKay brings to the desk after his work on The Lego Batman Film, they usually now imagine he is the suitable man to lastly make a Jonny Quest film occur.
Supply: The Wrap