The HITMAN Movie Guys Take Aim At JOHNNY QUEST!!
JOHNNY QUEST is on his way to the big screen in a live action movie for Warners. This has been in the wind eternally but never really come together until now.
It'll be produced by Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter, who are also bringing us the forthcoming HITMAN. Dan Mazeau is currently scripting.
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.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Hollywood Reporter.
This series is a personal favorite of mine. It's hard not to be a little apprehensive about any adaptation of this nature, but this has the potential to be really, really cool. Between INDIANA JONES and this, it'll be great to have some genuine, large scale, non-pirate related high adventure back on the big screen.
Let the casting speculation BEGIN!!!
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Aug. 8, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST
That kids got talent, after all.
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST
Just make a Venture Brothers movie instead. It'll have nearly all the same elements, but it'll be bloody funny too!
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST
to be played by Ray Stevenson and Christopher Walken, no doubt
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:01 a.m. CST
by Veni Vidi Vici
looks like garbage, and this will probably follow the same path. time will tell.
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST
by Biafras Throw Pillow
I remember an episode where Race Bannon actually killed a guy by firing his rifle into a bulldover blade and pegged a guy hiding behind a building. Am I hallucinating?
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:04 a.m. CST
by hank henshaw
I would bet on it. I never liked that cartoon anyways, so I couldn't care less.
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:05 a.m. CST
...people better fuckin' die in it violently!!!
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST
I'd rather see a big screen Venture Bros.
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST
by jackson healy
It could work. Just a bit of warpaint over the eyes, and I'd believe it.
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST
Now that would be awesome...
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST
Somebody alreadt said that
Aug. 8, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST
by V. von Doom
Just flashed back to the 60s, listening to that theme song again. I can't believe my parents let me watch something so insanely violent!
Aug. 8, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST
Sorry big M but it's true. Don't believe me? Brock Samson vs. Race Bannon. That's right, Race gets anally intruded by Brock's fist.
Aug. 8, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST
Or like, Bullfuckenshitman. I love the Quest photoshops that did the rounds a while back on the net (read: YTMND). Shit, gotta dig up those links... http://tinyurl.com/2t2arx Good shit.
Aug. 8, 2007, 3:55 a.m. CST
Just waiting to see evil Middle-Eastern guys get crushed by mummies. Or (God I hope so) fried by giant electricity monsters. Or thumped on the head by a giant mechanical daddy-long-legs.
Aug. 8, 2007, 3:55 a.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
...A Johnny Quest live actioner will please neither older fans of the origial...nor the youngsters who have never heard of JQ at all. Complete waste of time. I still think a live action Venture Bros flick is the way to go...in glorious EXTRA COLOR...If only to see Liv Tyler as Dr. Girlfriend...voiced by Doc Hammer...a cameo of Schwarzenneger as "dime store Dr. Doom", Baron Werner Ünderbheit and a giant fucking floating cocoon. To the Monarch Mobile, bitches!!
Aug. 8, 2007, 4:15 a.m. CST
cause...that's what I wanna know.
Aug. 8, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST
Venture brothers makes a jonny quest update pretty irelevant. And i agree with Iammrmonkeys cry of "what happened to original movies?" fuck jonny quest.
Aug. 8, 2007, 5:37 a.m. CST
...there was no other cartoon that came out of the 60's that has had such long lasting impact on today's animators. Yes, Space Ghost included. And there's really only about two things left on my sacred list for HollyWank to totally Fuck Up! The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Jonny Quest. Of course if you count that god awful 90's Real Adventures tripe, then there's only one thing left! :[ And while I do thoroughly enjoy the Venture Bros. stuff, it will ALWAYS be second to Quest.
Aug. 8, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
That is all!
Aug. 8, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST
It's all in the casting. Race Bannon - Daniel Craig Dr Quest - Stephen Culp Jonny Quest - unknown Haji - unknown
Aug. 8, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST
No thanks. Anyone but him.
Aug. 8, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST
by just pillow talk
Whether or not you think this is a good idea, it definitely doesn't have the good vibe going after seeing that Hitman trailer. I know it's just a trailer, but it did not look good. Perhaps I'm wrong on that...<p>I suppose this could be cool on screen. I suppose.<p>Biafras Throw Pillow, are we related? :-)
Aug. 8, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST
by chanandler bong
Ryan Reynolds. Dr Quest should be Russel Crowe. Please do not let them fuck this up...
Aug. 8, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
... It's JONNY Quest. No "H"!
Aug. 8, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
... the suits'll make SURE this is a live action version of that shitty 90's version of JQ. Bet on it!
Aug. 8, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
... That electricity monster/cyclops thing scared the holy SHIT outta me when I was about 5 years old. The robot daddy longlegs was a close second.
Aug. 8, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST
can we just PLEASE have a quality (I mean quality) franchise on the go thats not based on something thats been done before? Someone think something up for Gods sake!!
Aug. 8, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Scramble Network
for this is Kerry Conran. That would be amazing.
Aug. 8, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST
Hell, just slap a blond mullet wig and an Izod shirt on Patrick Warburton and you're halfway there already. Bonus points if you get Rose McGowan for Molotov Cocktease.
Aug. 8, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
The Cartoon Network Boomerang Channel shows the original Jonny Quest series every night at 1:30 Central U.S. time. I set my DVR to tape all of them. Since I'm damned old, I saw this first run in the '60's. This was my first encounter with product placement / tie-ins. Jonny AND Hadji wore Keds sneakers. There were at least two Keds commercials on each show. I guess even that wasn't enough money to keep the show going. I've noticed that (watching these again after 40 years) the dog, Bandit, needs to go to the pound or pet adoption place. EVERY episode has the same plot point...dog gets into trouble, Jonny and Hadji track him down, monster/villain is defeated, everyone loves dog. I hate the dog. I hope he gets run over by a truck during the opening credits, sending Jonny on a life of crime using stolen technology his Dad created. Hadji gets recruited into a terrorist cell and is shot in the head by Race Bannon. Benton Quest has a sex change and tries out for a part in "Dreamgirls, Too". Jade (first cartoon chub...Race's fuck buddy) comes over to my house for a spooge-fest. Or maybe not... I wouldn't mind seeing this on the big screen (not my version), but I hope it's not 'Thunderbirds' or worse.
Aug. 8, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST
by Stalin vs Predator
Timothy Olyphant already looks like a goofy child in Hitman. Oh, and that dog from Underdog as Dog. Voiced by William Murray.
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST
I listen for the Voice, and the requisite "cool" factor and I can see Clooney that was in "The Peacemaker" pulling this role off. If they don't get the *main* man right in this movie it will suck a donkey nut with a 5hp Craftsman wet/dry Shop vac. Jonny could be played by Avril Lavigne for all I care, but the Race casting is gonna make or break this one with the fanboys.
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
Oh yeah!!!!! Harold and Kumar go to Jonny Quest!!!
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST
David Bowie as Himself!
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST
Rose McGowan on the other hand.... That would be even better than her as Molotov Cocktease. p.s. I am wanking as i write this. pps. Fuck Jonny Quest, if they make a film it will be as per the Scooby Doo ones. Mark my words, and the Venture Bros has already ripped on that. Twice.
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
The invisible monster they were throwing paint bags at, the giant robot spider. My big fat dad, while walking our dalmatian, used to act like that big fat Asian dude w/ the 2 big ass dragon lizards on the leash, all leaning back and yelling "UUHHH-WAAAHHHH!!!!" Memories, sweet memories.
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST
just watched the hitman trailer and that baldy cunt looks nothing like Tommy Monaghan. What the fucks up with that?
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST
I can't FREAKING WAIT for this movie to come out. Speed Racer who?
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST
Like the Life Aquatic only with robots and assassins.
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST
Down on all fours! Bark like a dog for me! Nick-nack, paddywhack, I'd give that dog a bone!
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST
Just because something existed when people were younger doesn't mean it's a good idea to remake it. <P> Why not just make a script about a young James Bond like kid? Why does it have to be Johnny Quest? You think any 14 year old girls know who the fuck Johnny Quest is? No! All they want to see is Zach Ephron's little Jewish balls bouncing around on screen. <P> I'm going to start a company that takes scripts and makes other mediums out of them just so they can be made into movies using the original script. Got a script? Send it to me. I'll get my fucking crayons and whip you up a comic book. Then you can give these two "producers" the comic, they can ask uncle Ira for the cash, and boom you've sold your script without anyone having actually read it.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST
They have released a movie about a young James Bond like kid. It had that kid from Malcom in the Middle in it. It sucked. They made the Spy Kids movies, which, while mildly entertaining, also sucked in many ways. They want to make a movie out of Jonny Quest because (at least I hope this is why) it was so extremely good and because parents that loved it as kids will want to show their kids what it's all about. Normally things like this make me nervous, but I've been waiting all my life for a Jonny Quest movie. I just hope they keep the spirit of it intact and don't try to revamp it for the current generation (like that crappy Jonny Quest 2000 or whatever the hell it was). Jonny Quest rules! Hell yes they should make a movie out of it. Why not? You don't have to watch it after all. It doesn't taint the originals in any way.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST
Just sayin' again.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST
that just makes me laugh every time I saw it aloud
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST
That show was a G rated gay porn. Was Race on top?
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST
"I saw it aloud" you see words allot? lay off the punch buddy.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST
by Barry Egan
It's been ages since I saw the show, but didn't Hadji charm snakes???
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST
fuck you all he says it's like WHOOOOSSSHHHHH
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST
I loved Johnny Quest growing up, but Race Bannon falling out of a plane and getting dragged along a street by his parachute as kids poke him sort of did them in as far as credibility. Oh yeah and an aging Johnny stuck in a diving bell addicted to morphine.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST
he was a little... you know... fegh. Oh and a Venture Bros needs to be Animated not live action. Especially after how much fun it was seeing 2d animated movie again with the Simpsons I want more.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST
by Magic Rat
that's my pick.
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST
Ben Affleck as Dr. Quest Matt Damon as Race Bannon Dakota Fanning as Johnny Quest Spuds McKenzie as Bandit
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST
by THE KNIGHT
you heard it here first...
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Bring it on!
Aug. 8, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I'd see it, and I'm sure Michelle Tractorburg would sign on.
Aug. 8, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST
A movie based on a cartoon, then a toy series based the movie of the cartoon. Then a hipper re-imagined cartoon based on the movie of the toy series. Then a video game based on the toy series of the movie of the cartoon of the toy series of the movie. <p> Soon, every film will just say, "Hey you guys... The End."
Aug. 8, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST
Wasnt there a show on Cartoon Network during the late 90's showing a 3D modeled greenish hue Matrixy "New Adventures of Johnny Quest"?
Aug. 8, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST
This was only the coolest and most violet cartoon ever on TV. It ran in prime time on Friday nights and it kicked ass.
Aug. 8, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST
by Stalin vs Predator
No, not spy kids. Something based on some moronic comic books from Britain. Something like "Atom Driver"... whatever it was, it looked about as appealing as "Bratz" when IMDB showed its ad once. Hope it sunk at the box office, but I don't really know what happened to it.
Aug. 8, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST
by Stalin vs Predator
was somehow involved in it -- Anthony Horovitz. Come to think of it, that's why I looked at it in the first place, and now I double hoped it flopped.
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST
If you're a fan of the show, you should know this.
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST
Actually this would make a good movie if they get it right. They already CGI'd the Invisible Monster for Scooby Doo. Doubt it'll be done right, though.
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST
You think you nerds would have read the script by now, it's fucking awesome. Just wait..in October you'll all be saying "Jesus tap dancing Christ".
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST
by Hairy Nutsack
...they are ruining Speed Racer by pussyfying it and taking out all the gratuitous violence? Seriously if you're going to make this thing all PC (read Pussy Cunt) then why bother?
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST
Just as long as Shia LeBarf isn't Jonny Quest, and Hodgie wears a turbin, and the bad guys die brutal deaths via komodo dragons etc., then we're halfway there to a good movie. And damn if that isn't the catchiest theme song ever. Bandit agrees, right Bandit? Arf! Arf!
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST
That redhead from the new adventures of Johnny Quest? whatshername? I bet they will! She was hot! But leave out that Questworld shit.
Aug. 8, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST
I spelled Hadji like "Hodgie". I am a cultural ignoramus. Sue me.
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST
well, boy. Neighborhood kids all watched this on Friday and reinacted the show on Saturday. God old Good guys and bad guys.<p> They better keep Jonny and Hadji as kids. And they better shoot guns.<p> Paul Giamatti as Dr. Quest, Matthew McConaughey as Race, Rosario Dawson as Jezebel Jade, and find the next Christian Bale for Jonny.
Aug. 8, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST
hollywood is already going to ruin watchmen, lets leave my other favorite things alone. publick will hopefully never have that happen.
Aug. 8, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST
But glad to hear they're making it now. Jonny Quest was the coolest thing to happen to Saturday morning in the 60's (except for Superman). I know it goes against Hollywood's grain, but wouldn't it be nice if they maintain some of the basic characteristics of the show? For instance, Bandit doesn't talk, he barks. Jonny actually admires his father. The adults are the heroes -- Jonny isn't the one that always saves the day -- he's just along for the adventure. Race is a grown man who acts like one -- not some gay wetdream boy who's too young for the part (Superman Returns, anyone?)Nobody suffers from angst and self-loathing. The bad guys lose. I know, I know..it's too much to ask, really.
Aug. 8, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST
The Johnny Quest episode. Hilarious.
Aug. 8, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST
Well, you must have since you claim it's already a done deal that Hollywood is "going to ruin" WATCHMEN despite a promising up-and-coming director and actors cast to fit the roles instead of vice versa. <p>Tell me, what did you think of the scene where Dr. Manhattan rebuilds himself? Was it that bad? And how hot was Carla Gugino as young Sally Jupiter?</p>
Aug. 8, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST
...and please, a real dog, no CGI animal. And let Haji wear the turban...and PLEASE use that music, as Johnny Quest had the best music score of any Saturday morning cartoon ever made.
Aug. 8, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST
Set it in the 1960s. I know that likely won't happen, but it'd be nice. Oh, and setting it in the 60s does not mean it's a comedy like Austin Powers. With a film series like Harry Potter out now, why not another kids movie with actual danger, seriousness and no piss/fart/groin injury humor. Whoever said get Spielberg on this is on the money. And directing! None of this producing shit like with TF.
Aug. 8, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST
This has maximum suckage written all over it - especially since they'll probably go the PG route instead of aiming for the more adult audience that grew up with the cartoon - but if they manage to cast Liam Neeson as Dr. Quest...yeah, I'd get interested in that.
Aug. 8, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST
respect for the form like Lucas and Spielberg did for serials with Raiders, this could be something good. Yes, keep it in the 60's and don't camp it up. And a cameo for Tim Matheson would be neat.
Aug. 8, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST
Jonny even did commercials for them. For a while they were more popular than Chuck Taylors.<p> http://youtube.com/watch?v=FXheZplj80s
Aug. 8, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST
..yes she was. A hot redhead.<P>The 90's show wasn't THAT bad. Yes looking back Questworld was abit silly and the show was a pale imitation of the original but it was still pretty cool if like me you were a young teen. Surd and Ezekiel Rage were pretty cool badguys too. Obviously the original was better and more classic, I used to watch the reruns on Boomerang but they stopped showing them.
Aug. 8, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST
Yes Biafras, Race Bannon did make that ricochet shot, and a guy in a sanpan hat fell out from around the corner
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST
excited to not see Jonny Quest on the big screen...because I don't like Johnny Jonny John-John Freakin' Quest!
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
http://tinyurl.com/2rznwx She'll be in Jackie O's pink "death suit" most of the movie anyways...Unless Phantom Limb (played by Billy Zane) breaks out her Queen Etheria outfit! Of course, Parker Posey would also be good in the role...http://tinyurl.com/2jxh3t...And I think Andy Dick would channel Dr. Venture's ineptitude wonderfully...http://tinyurl.com/23runh...and, of course, Warburton in Brock's power mullet...http://tinyurl.com/2oj4g5...Tougher casting would be The Monarch, Dr. Orpheus, and Hank & Dean. But I'd kill to see a live action H.e.l.p.e.R rolling around like a spaz.
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
when you copy and paste!
Aug. 8, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST
"(Adrian)Askarieh, a longtime fan of the series, is hoping to turn the property into a family-friendly adventure franchise."<br> One thing Jonny Quest isn't (at least to 00's sensibilities) is "family-friendly".
Aug. 9, 2007, 3:55 a.m. CST
Wasn't he attached as writer/director a few years back? He hasn't done shit for years, save for working on ENTERPRISE and commentary on the MONSTER SQUAD DVD. Bring me some Dekker news!!!
Aug. 9, 2007, 6:58 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
I know what you're talking about- I think the book was called Stormchaser, it wasn't young James Bond he was some Teenage superspy wanker. <p>The film was shit though.
Aug. 9, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
SO SAYS THE BOOK OF RAGE. All of this loving of the 60's version is great, but the 90's version ran just as long, had just had many great villains, and honestly some better character work. The action was about the same in quality. This movie could be the greatest thing ever in the hands of a true action director. The Venture Bros. will PAY for their insolence! =D
Aug. 9, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST
by Dexters Army
Should be either Clooney, I know some others ahve said it first, but he would rule. If not Clooney then maybe Russell Crowe. If he could lose the weight I would say Val Kilmer for Dr. Quest. Eric Bana might make a good Race Bannon as well, he's just gotta work on his accent more.
Aug. 9, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST
That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but to say that show was "politically incorrect" is putting it mildly. I would sincerely not be surprised if some post-war ex-Germans wrote this show. Was any villain on that show not a monster or a foreigner with an accent of some kind. "Race" Bannon, the aryan ideal, killing natives because they were protecting their lands.
Aug. 13, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST
mentions how he would approach a live action Venture Bros (though he'd prefer to have it animated): http://tinyurl.com/pztru
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