New Jonny Quest film inspired by 1960's original series: 'Indiana Jones meets James Bond'

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Aug 20, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

We heard a while back that a big-screen reboot of Jonny Quest was on the way, and now we have some new details about which direction they’ll be taking it. Turns out they’re looking to the past for inspiration.

Producer Adrian Askarieh chatted with Collider about the project and confirmed that it will feature original characters Race Bannon, Jonny Quest, Benton Quest, Hadji, Jezebel Jade and even the beloved pup Bandit. Askarieh co-wrote the new script with Terry Rossio, with the duo working from an earlier draft by Dan Mazeau. Though more modern takes such as The New Adventures and Real Adventures have some fans, Askarieh said they’re going all the way back to the 1960s series.

Check out an excerpt from his comments:

“We’re working based on the original 1960s Jonny Quest prime time animated show. That is our source of, not only inspiration, but the pool that we’re culling our inspirations from. I know a lot of people like The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, and that’s fine, but we are now focusing on the original 60s animated show. Robert, Dan Lin, Terry Rossio, myself, big fans, and look, there’s nothing wrong with it, so if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That thing is a work of genius. We’re lucky to have it to reference...

We want to make a PG-13. Again, I never want to be presumptuous to stamp a rating before the studio gets involved; that’s ultimately their decision. This is not going to be a kiddie action-adventure movie; this will be an action-adventure that happens to have a 12-year-old in it … That’s our M.O. for this movie. Indiana Jones meets James Bond.”

We’re a bit bummed to hear they won’t be pulling any nuggets from the later shows in the franchise, but it makes sense they’d dig back to the series that started it all. The potential PG-13 rating also sounds like a good fit. Still family-friendly, but it leaves some room to amp up the action and stakes a bit.

Do you agree with the direction they’re taking the film?

(Via Collider)