Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to Jonny Quest as the next franchise for the company hiring Dan Mazeau to write the screenplay.
First broadcast in 1964 and inspired by radio shows, comic strips and James Bond movies, the primetime sci-fi adventure series aired on ABC, then spent the next two decades in reruns. “Quest” told the thrilling stories of Quest, a young boy who accompanied his scientist father on extraordinary escapades. Also in the mix was his adopted brother from Calcutta, his pet bulldog pup, and the government agent assigned to protect them. The show, which was noted for its realistic portrayal of people, was canceled not because of low ratings but because it was too expensive to produce.
Everything that was good about Jonny Quest came about because of the time period the show originally ran. Taking the story and making a modern retelling of the kids, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon might not fly so well. I guess it really depends on the story being told. If it were a true sci-fi adventure and not a comedy ala Spy Kids, it could be great, but I won’t hold my breath.