Robert Rodriguez Signs on to Direct ‘Johnny Quest’

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I’d ask if you want the good news or bad news first, but it’d be a trick question. It’s all bad news. Remember Johnny Quest? If you don’t, all that means is that Social Security payments are not in your immediate future. Today THR is reporting that Robert Rodriguez, the mastermind behind the Spy Kids movies, is attached to write and direct a feature film adaptation of the ‘60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

Since bursting onto the scene with El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez has had a career full of cinematic ups and downs. More recently, there have been a hell of a lot more downs. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was a massive flop and one of the most tedious movies of 2014. Machete Kills also failed to live up to the box office haul of its predecessor. It was also a slog to sit through. But Rodriguez did have ample success with his series of Spy Kids films, which I assume will likely be the tone of the Johnny Quest movie. No word on whether or not Sharkboy and Lavagirl will make a cameo.

As much as I’m down on Rodriguez’s films these day, I’m also disappointed that Johnny Quest will be just another revival of long dormant property over something that might be, you know, original. Then again, Rodriguez will have a blank slate to work with as there’s not exactly a rabid fanbase of Johnny Quest fans demanding that the films respect the immortal canon of Quest.

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