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Classic Hanna-Barbera adventure series “Jonny Quest” is being revived as a potential franchise by Warner Bros. Pictures. Dan Mazeau has been hired to write the screenplay for a feature to be produced by Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter.
First broadcast in 1964 and inspired by radio shows, comic strips and James Bond movies, the primetime sci-fi adventure series aired on ABC, then spent the next two decades in reruns. “Quest” told the thrilling stories of Quest, a young boy who accompanied his scientist father on extraordinary escapades. Also in the mix was his adopted brother from Calcutta, his pet bulldog pup, and the government agent assigned to protect them. The show, which was noted for its realistic portrayal of people, was canceled not because of low ratings but because it was too expensive to produce.
A new series was introduced in the late 1980s as were other revivals. Several comic books series were also published.
Several stabs have been made to bring “Quest” to the big screen, including an attempt in 1994 by Richard Donner and Lauren Shuler Donner who partnered with Tribeca Productions, but the project fell off the radar.
Askarieh, a childhood fan of the show, approached the studio, who has since acquired the rights, about reviving the project.
Dan Lin and Matt Reilly are overseeing for Warners.
Mazeau wrote the spec “Land of Lost Things,” which recently sold to Nickelodeon. He is repped by Gersh and Circle of Confusion.
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