A live-action Jonny Quest film is coming from the maker of The Lego Batman Movie.
Chris McKay is to adapt the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated series for Warner Bros, according to The Wrap.
Created by Doug Wildey, Jonny Quest followed a young boy on global adventures with his scientist father, adopted brother Hadji and their bodyguard Race Bannon.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback will be producing the live-action adaptation with Prime Universe’s Adrian Askarieh, while Daniel Alter will serve as the executive producer.
Back in 2009, Zac Efron was rumoured to play the role of Jonny Quest with Dwayne Johnson also tipped as bodyguard Race Bannon, but nothing came of it. At the time, Warner Bros was reportedly concerned that using the character’s actual name from the cartoon would scare off potential viewers after Speed Racer adopted the same tactic and bombed.
Sky Kids director Robert Rodriguez was previously attached to direct the film, with Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger) to adapt a pre-existing screenplay penned by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans).
But now, the project is definitely moving ahead with McKay at the helm.
McKay was also an editor for The Lego Movie, as well as producing The Lego Ninjago Movie. He’s also set to direct a live-action Nightwing film for Warner Bros.
Back in October, McKay revealed that the Nightwing movie is still alive, but fans are going to have wait some time for it.
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