Once Warner Bros. announced plans for a Speed Racer movie, animation fans knew it was only a matter of time before the studio started raiding the vaults for more adaptations of classic cartoons. Well, that time is now: Variety reports that Warners will be bringing Hanna-Barbera’s mid-’60s icon Jonny Quest to the big screen.
For those unfamiliar with the show, which aired as part of ABC’s prime time schedule in 1964, the setup is as follows: The Quest family (Jonny, his scientist dad Benton, Jonny’s adopted brother Hadji, and a dog named Bandit) rocket around the globe with Jonny’s tutor and bodyguard, Race Bannon, foiling the nefarious plots of the dastardly Doctor Zin. Despite lasting only a single season, Jonny Quest has resurfaced on several occasions, both via the occasional revival and repeats of the original episodes.
Helping bring Jonny to theaters will be producers Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter, who recently worked together on this fall’s Hitman, and screenwriter Dan Mazeau. And if it seems strange that the guys behind Hitman would want to work on a Jonny Quest movie — heck, if the very idea of a Jonny Quest movie seems strange — consider the following excerpt from the article:
Askarieh, a longtime fan of the series, is hoping to turn the property into a family-friendly adventure franchise — something the studio is clearly looking for now that “Harry Potter” is winding down.
In other words, folks, get ready for a lot of movies like this one. This is the part where the studio execs start throwing stuff at the walls to see what sticks.