Robert Rodriguez signs on to direct Jonny Quest |


Robert Rodriguez signs on to direct Jonny Quest

Robert Rodriguez, who of late has been reveling in his CGI-grindhouse aesthetic with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete Kills, might be planning a return to his other mode of filmmaking: kid-centric action movies.

Yes, the rebel without a crew might be harkening back to his Spy Kids days with a live-action Jonny Quest movie for Warner Bros., according to Deadline. Rodriguez has signed on to direct and rewrite Dan Mazeau’s script with Terry Rossio, who has been down this road once or twice. Rossio is mostly known for breathing life into dormant IP as the writer on both recent Zorro films, the first four Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and The Lone Ranger

For everyone unfamiliar with the blond, boy adventurer, Jonny is the star of a one-season Hanna-Barbera cartoon in the ’60s that has been rebooted several times in comics and on television. A typical quest for Quest will take him around the world with his father, his friend Hadji, his dog Bandit, and tough guy Race Bannon.

This is the first we’ve heard about bringing Jonny Quest to the screen in a few years. The last time the project was close to becoming a reality was in 2010, when Zac Efron was circling the title role.