WB begins new 'Quest' with Mazeau


The 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 science fiction adventure series aired on ABC, then spent the next two decades in reruns. It told the stories of Quest, a 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, 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 also were 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 Prods., but the project fell off the radar.

Askarieh, a childhood fan of the show, approached the studio, which 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.

Askarieh and Alter are producing "Hitman, " which opens in October.