Rumors were bandied about last week that tweener heart-throb Zac Efron had landed the role as Jonny Quest.  The rumor looks like it is face in reports showing up on the L.A. Times Hero Complex blog.  The odd part is, it looks like Warner Bros. might drop the name Jonny Quest from the title of the film, for fearing it will be likend to Speed Racer.

Here’s a tip H’Wood – it isn’t the name that put the negative conoation on the Speed Racer film, it was the lavish over the top stylized crapfest of a story the Wachowski brothers whipped out and expected audiences to flock to because of their Matrix creditials.  Do I want to see a 21-year-old Efron playing an older 11 year old avdenturer? Well, at least he isn’t Shia LaDoof, but unless the studio can cobble together an awesome story set during the 1960s and play this up as a true adventure movie and not an Indiana Jones wanna be, then don’t expect me to line up.

Here’s the worst case scenario – girls won’t go see Efron in a Jonny Quest movie because they don’t know who Jonny Quest is, and it doesn’t feature Vanessa Hudgens in a love story, leaving only the boys who want to see Zac.  To make it worse, I could see the H’Wood Brain Trust deciding to go the Wachowski route and do the who thing against a green screen.

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Hitman Sam
    April 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    Really? Jonny Quest? Really?

    I’d prefer a live- action Venture Bros.

  2. Rowan
    April 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    Same here but… I Love Jonny Quest and Zac Efron although the dreamiest boy ever ! it neeeeeds to be called Jonny Quest ! Because it would being the fan boy out in me and combine my two greatest love ! High School Musical Dream Boats and old campy Cartoon Dream Boats

  3. Kirby
    April 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm — Reply

    What could it be called otherwise? The Adventures of the Ambiguous Dr. Quest and Race Bannon featuring two young nubile children?

  4. duckface
    April 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    I remember a cartoon series about a teenage Johnny made in the 90s, so I’m guessing that’s the angle they’ll go for (i.e. not an 11-year old)… still, why NOW beats me… does anyone under 20 even know JQ?

  5. April 14, 2009 at 4:33 am — Reply

    I’m saying this as someone who’s been a huge Jonny Quest fan for years, even of the 90s aged-up revival on Cartoon Network…

    DO. NOT. WANT!

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