High School Musical” franchise star Zac Efron talked to Moviehole about possibly starring in a live-action adaptation of “Jonny Quest” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Race to Witch Mountain director Andy Fick and star Dwayne Johnson are circling the project as well.
Efron would play the title role, while Johnson would play Race Bannon. The popular 1960s animated Hanna-Barbera TV series revolved around a young boy who travels the world with his scientist father, adopted brother from India, Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent (Bannon) assigned to protect them as they go on their adventures investigating scientific mysteries.
Efron says the project is in its early stages. “It’s a long, long process. It’s so hard when people start leaking tidbits. They’re very, very early on [with it] – not that it won’t happen happen, it’s just early.”
A few weeks ago, Johnson commented on the script. “I don’t know if you’ve read the latest [draft] but it’s awesome and it’s badass… I hadn’t read an action script like that in a LONG time. And that action was unbelievable. That will happen.”
The show, which is owned by Warner Bros. Animation, aired during primetime on ABC in 1964, lasting only one season. It was updated in the late ’80s and ’90s as “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” on the Cartoon Network. The property has also been spun off as a comic book from DC.