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Robert Rodriguez is going to direct a Jonny Quest movie

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Heads up, everybody with fond memories of Spy Kids, Robert Rodriguez is returning to the realm of family action film, and he's doing it with the original animated boy adventurer: Jonny Quest.

Deadline reports that Rodriguez has signed on to direct Warner Bros.' latest attempt to bring a live action Jonny Quest adaptation to the big screen. Currently, he and Terry Rossio (of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) are working on rewriting a Black List script from Dan Mazeau to serve as the film's backbone.

Jonny Quest premiered in 1964 and ran for only one season before being cancelled due to the animated show's high production costs for parent studio Hanna-Barbera, rather than because of a lack of audience interest. A modern 1996 animated reboot suffered from much the same fate after attempting to integrate significant computer animated, motion captured scenes with the rest of the show's 2D animation. (It did have a pretty kickass theme song, though.)

The show followed the adventures of its eponymous hero, a young boy accompanying his super-scientist father on various international adventures, alongside his best friend Hadji, the family dog Bandit and the family bodyguard and secret agent, "Race" Bannon. If this sounds familiar to any fans of The Venture Bros., well, if you're a fan of The Venture Bros., you've probably already figured out why.

Robert Rodriguez's recent career has been focused on such decidedly adult fare on the big and small screen as Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Machete, but there are plenty of young adults out there that will remember his all-ages adventure franchise, Spy Kids, fondly. One assumes that a Rodriguez-driven Jonny Quest adaptation would feel much the same.

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