Back in May, Warner Bros. signed Robert Rodriguez to write and direct a live-action version of Jonny Quest, the Hanna-Barbera adventure series that debuted in prime time in 1964. While the film hasn’t officially entered production yet, Rodriguez did talk about the approach he intends to take with Jonny Quest at the TCA Press Tour.
“I thought it’d be really cool to do a legitimate action/adventure film that just happens to have a kid in it,” said Rodriguez. “Not a kids film; the Spy Kids were more like kids films, this would be like a real action-adventure film because that’s what the original series was like. It was a hard hitting, kickass action-adventure series. That’s what enticed me to go do it. My own series had already played out. That was a cool property still that the studio had. I thought I would go see what they thought of it and they were really into it.”
“It’d be different from anything that I’ve done,” added Rodriguez. “I’ve never done anything really that wasn’t either a really small little kid type movie or a more violent action film. This would be like doing a James Bond/Indiana Jones movie. Imagine you’re a kid and James Bond is your bodyguard and your dad is Indiana Jones. It’s one of those movies and you just happen to be in it.”
On top of his busy workload with the El Rey Network, the From Dusk ‘Till Dawn TV series, and his interview series, The Director’s Chair, Rodriguez is also looking to adapt Fire and Ice, the cult animated film by Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta.
“Fire and Ice might go at the same time [as Jonny Quest],” said Rodriguez. “I don’t know. Fire and Ice is also being turned in at the same time so I’m not sure which one is going to go first…We’re still working on exactly how we’ll do the whole thing but we’ve done tests that are pretty amazing.”
Movie fans, which adaptation do you want to see first: Jonny Quest or Fire and Ice? Render a verdict in the comment section below!