The Quest to bring Johnny Quest to the big screen may be over. For years the project languished in development hell, but the franchises' chances for making it to the silver screen may have just increased.
Director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Machete) has just signed on to co-write and direct a live-action adaptation based on the classic Hanna/Barbera '60's cartoon series. Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Terry Rossio will co-write.
Johnny Quest aired on ABC from 1964-1965, during prime time on Friday nights. The show was about an 11 yr old boy who went on extraordinary adventures with his scientist dad. The show borrowed heavily on classic pulp fiction adventure stories and classic radio adventures from the 30's and 40's, and had a jazzy title song and relatively good production values. Although not a hit when it first aired, the series became a cult classic through it's many years running in syndication. In 1985 a second animated series was produced, but failed to capture the hearts of fans.
Although there have been several comic book adaptations of the show, as well as computer games and other merchandising over the years, a live-action movie has never been able to take wings, and has in fact been fluttering in developmental hell since the early 1990's with several big-time producers each trying to get the project off the ground, including Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon) and later Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, Walking Dead).