'Jonny Quest' Producer Says Live-Action Film Will 'Honor' '60s Animated Series

Any thoughts that Warner Bros.' currently in-development live-action "Jonny Quest" may be a radical reinterpretation of the concept appear to be unfounded. Producer Adrian Askarieh told Collider, in an interview promoting "Hitman: Agent 47," that the film -- slated to be directed by Robert Rodriguez -- will be closely inspired by the original 1960s animated series.

"We're working based on the original 1960s Jonny Quest prime time animated show," Askarieh said. "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... if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That thing is a work of genius. We're lucky to have it to reference."

"The New Adventures of Jonny Quest" ran from 1986 to 1987; another follow-up, "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest," debuted a decade later. Each continued the legacy of the original, but it looks like the new film will go straight to the source. Askarieh also stated that Race Bannon, Benton Quest, Hadji, Bandit and Jezebel Jade will be in the film, which is targeted to be rated PG-13.

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