Jonny Quest Movie Hires LEGO Batman Director Chris McKay

The 1960s adventure series is getting a big screen adaptation from The LEGO Batman Movie helmer!

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The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay To Direct Jonny Quest Film!

The LEGO Batman Movie's Chris McKay To Direct Jonny Quest Film!

The Wrap is reporting that The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay has been hired to take the reigns on a feature film based on the hit TV series Jonny Quest! The project has been in various stages of development for some time, most recently with Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez attached. This film will take the iconic 60s animated series about a brilliant scientist, his adventurous son, skillful adopted son, and their tough bodyguard, and bring it to the big screen for the first time. Recent drafts of the script were turned in by Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio and Wrath of the Titans writer Dan Mazeau, but it remains to be seen how much of those treatments will stay intact. Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will produce through their Rideback banner, along with Adrian Askarieh of Prime Universe and Daniel Alter will executive produce. The film has no release date, cast, or production start date yet.

Jonny Quest was an animated family television series which ran from September 18, 1964 to March 11, 1965 on ABC. There were a total of 26 episodes in that initial run and it went on to inspire various other animated series, but we have never seen a live-action version of the character. Comic Book artist and writer Doug Wildey created the series after Hanna-Barbera commissioned him to develop a show based on Jack Armstrong. When they failed to get the rights to that character, Wildey created his own adventurer named Jonny Quest whom he based on actor Jackie Cooper, Frank Darrow's movies, book character Tom Swift created by Edward Stratemeyer, Wilton Caniff's comic strip Terry and the Pirates, and Ian Flemying's James Bond, specifically in the 1962 film, Dr. No. The series is currently available on DVD.

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