All of what follows is from IESB:
IESB has got some exclusive information regarding the direction of the upcoming Warner Bros. live action film The Adventures of Jonny Quest, plus some casting info as well!
Traditionally Jonny Quest has been a 12 year old boy in need of a caretaker (Race Bannon), that goes on fantastic adventures hence the name The Adventures of Jonny Quest.
But, with the new adaptation of the story, it looks like WB may be taking the story in somewhat of a different direction upping the age of the lead character by a year or five.
Instead of the traditional 12 year old Quest, it looks like we may be seeing a 17-18 year old Quest in the form of High School Musical star Zac Efron. That's right, Zac Efron, with Dwayne Johnson as his Race Bannon.
Dwayne Johnson I completely, wholeheartedly agree with. Johnson has proven to be a hit at the box office and is an apt action star. He's got a lot going for him and is liked by males and females alike.
Regarding an age change for Quest, I can see the argument from both sides. To honor the original the character of Jonny should be 12.
However, if they were to go older (which it looks like they are) I also wholeheartedly agree with the casting of Zac Efron. If WB had wised up and gone with Efron for Speed Racer instead of Emile Hirsch, it would have been a completely different movie and would have done much better at the box office. That film needed the acceptance of the teen audience and it didn't get it. Efron already has a built in audience, he's money in the bank essentially that tweens and teens will go see regardless.
Got one more for you, who is IESB hearing WB wants at the helm of this Jonny Quest ship? Andy Fickman.
Fickman and Johnson recently collaborated on Race to Witch Mountain for Disney coming this March to theaters and The Game Plan as well back in 2007.
IESB spoke with both Dwayne Johnson and Andy Fickman at an early press day for Race to Witch Mountain a few weeks ago.
Fickman was more tight lipped (but obviously excited) about his possible involvement with Quest, saying we can expect to hear announcements on his future projects in 4-6 weeks.
Johnson was more willing to talk about the possible age change of the Jonny Quest character and had thoughts about both sides of the argument.
Here's what he had to say,
IESB: I told Andy, through the Warner Bros. halls I keep on hearing his name and your name for The Adventures of Jonny Quest.
Dwayne Johnson: You are in man!
IESB: You'd be a pretty badass Race Bannon.
DJ: I love the script, I love working with Andy...
IESB: One of the top scripts of 2008 Blacklist that Jonny Quest script.
IESB: Yeah, everybody is talking about it.
DJ: Wow, I don't know if you've read the latest one but it's awesome and it's badass and I haven't read, this is what I told everyone over at Warner Bros., and I love the studio too by the way, you know, I had my experience with them with Get Smart and they were great, I hadn't read an action script like that in a LONG time. And that action was unbelievable. That will happen.
IESB: You think you'll be Race Bannon?
DJ: There's no one else who can be Race Bannon than me. There's no one else. But right now, there are just a couple of tweaks and changes that...
IESB: There are certain things we won't talk about so we don't upset certain Jonny Quest fans about the age.
DJ: Right, which is the argument.
IESB: And I can see the argument from both sides.
DJ: Both sides, right. Cause you want to be true to it and you want to honor that and I loved Jonny Quest when I was a kid. If you go a little older, it gives you more, it allows you to be...it just gives you a bit more, you know. But then you want to honor it too, so...
IESB: It's tough, you are in a pickle, especially after Speed Racer.
DJ: What do you think?
IESB: He has to be 12 years old. I hear the name they are throwing around for the older one.
DJ: How do you feel about that?
IESB: I can see it, I can see that too but a part of me is like I don't know, maybe for the second or the third movie he could be the older kid.
DJ: But right out of the blocks he has to be what he is right?
IESB: He has to be a kid who needs to be taken care of, and if he's 17, 18 years old who's taking care of him? He's a dude.
DJ: [laughing] Right, right, a dude taking care of another dude. Then it becomes creepy.
IESB: Two dudes flying a plane with a pug.
It's still in the “wait and see” mode, Johnson, Fickman and Efron have yet to sign on the dotted line so as Fickman said, we'll have to wait and see for an announcement in about 4-6 weeks!
Well, IESB has given you the info, now it's your turn. What do you guys think? Should Jonny Quest remain the 12 year old of the original incarnation or could they go older with Zac Efron and still reel in the fans of the original? Yay or nay?
TBH, the only adaptation I care about is Death Note. As long as he's in that, I'm happy.