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With the Television Critics Association tour continuing today, one panelist that has been doing interviews has been none other than filmmaker Robert Rodriguez who has been promoting the second season of his "From Dusk Till Dawn" TV series.
Collider spoke with the "Sin City" helmer and managed to ask him about the live-action film based on the classic "Jonny Quest" cartoon that he has in the works. At last report Rodriguez would be directing the film as well as working on the script alongside Terry Rossio based on a draft by Dan Mazeu. Asked about where the project stands he says:
"I'm turning in the script right now. I've just been working on the script. I love Jonny Quest. The originals are so cool. They were really ahead of their time. I grew up with them because they used to play in syndication, and my kids still love them.
They're action-packed. »
- Garth Franklin
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
We all know when we gamble big, it could go either way. We win it all, or are left with nothing. Hollywood definitely knows this, gambling million of dollars everyday on whether or not a movie will be successful. Below, you will find just a small sample of the biggest gambles Hollywood has mad in recent years. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Back in 2001, movies inspire theme park attractions, not the other way. Screen writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot’s idea of a supernatural tinged pirate tale was knocking about Disney since the 90’s, so when the House of Mouse decided to hang their story on the skeleton of the Disney Land ride, many eyes were rolled. Even the studio couldn’t decide to release into cinemas or straight to DVD, and Micheal Eisner balked at how much this pirate movie would cost to make. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Warner Bros has been working on turning the "Jonny Quest" property into a live-action family adventure franchise for almost a decade. In 2009, Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan) was attached to direct, with Zac Efron in talks to play Jonny Quest and Dwayne Johnson in talks to play Race Bannon. None of that worked out, but now comes word that the studio just hired Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) to direct the film. Rodriguez will also work on the script with Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean). "Jonny Quest" revolves around a young boy who travels the world with his scientist father, adopted brother from India, Bandit the bulldog, and a government agent assigned to protect them as they go on their adventures investigating scientific mysteries. »
Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Sin City) has signed on to direct a live-action version of Johnny Quest, the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a young boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures.
The Adventures of Johnny Quest premiere in 1964 and ran for just 26 episodes. It was subsequently revived in both the 1980s and 1990s, while a feature film has been in development since the early 90s, having passed through the hands of directors such as Richard Donner (Superman: The Movie), Andy Fick (Race to Witch Mountain) and Peter Segal (Grudge Match).
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros is pressing ahead with a movie based on the Hanna Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest - and it's hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie. Rodriguez is penning the screenplay for the movie with regular Pirates Of The Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio. The pair are to rework an earlier draft penned by Dan Mazeau.
Jonny Quest is, of course, the child who goes across the globe alongside his scientist father, bodyguard Race Bannon, and Jonny's chum Hadji. Danger is rarely far away, and Jonny is at the forefront of getting them out of it.
A film version has been in the works for some time, and at one stage Zac Efron was being mooted to start.
The new movie will be live action, and Warner Bros will be hoping that Rodriguez brings the success of »
Calling all Jonny Quest fans... It looks like the classic animated series from the 1960s is the latest fan-favorite to venture into the world of live-action films. Warner Bros. is taking on the project with Robert Rodriguez (of Spy Kids, Sin City and Machete fame) signing on to direct the movie, according to Deadline. He and Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Terry Rossio will both write the screenplay. This isn't the first time a studio attempted to make a Jonny Quest live-action film. In fact, fans have been anticipating this since 1995, and it almost happened back in 2009 when Zac Efron was said to be circling the lead role, while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was rumored to be playing Race »
Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) has always found a fascinating balance in directing both B-level action/horror films and hyper-creative family vehicles. According to "The Hollywood Reporter," the multi-talented director will next hop aboard a family-friendly project for Warner Bros., a live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest. Along with directing the film, Rodriguez will rewrite the Dan Mazeau-penned script (a 2008 Black List item) with family adventure staple Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean). The film will be Rodriguez's first family venture since 2011's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. The original Jonny Quest ran from 1964 to 1965 and followed Quest, his father Dr. Quest, bodyguard/government agent Race Bannon and Dr. Quest's adopted son Hadji as they globetrotted on various adventures. A Quest film has been in development for quite some time, with a project featuring Zac Efron as Quest and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as »
- Cory Woodroof
Robert Rodriguez, the one-man movie-making machine behind the likes of the Spy Kids franchise and the more recent Machete movies, is to direct a big-screen version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. The original series, which aired in the 1960s, ran for one season before spawning a couple of television movies and a series video games.
The series revolved around a boy named Jonny Quest who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures. The screenplay for the film, written by Dan Mazeau, has been around since 2008, and although Rodriguez usually directs from his own scripts, the screenplay for this will see him team with Terry Rossio, the man responsible for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, for a rewrite.
Rodriguez is well known in Hollywood for operating out of his own studio facility, Troublemaker, in Austin, Texas, and not under a big studio, which it looks like »
- Paul Heath
"We’ve gotta get out of here and fast." It looks like we finally have some forward movement on the Jonny Quest live-action movie, which has been in development for years and years. We posted extensively back in 2007-2011 about a Jonny Quest movie, based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, with rumors of Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson teaming up for the lead roles, but nothing ever came together. Deadline is now reporting that Warner Bros has hired Robert Rodriguez to direct the movie, and he'll also rewrite the script with Terry Rossio (of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger), that was originally written by Dan Mazeau. No word if Dwayne Johnson is back (he seems like the better fit, in all honesty) but at least they have a director. The show, which originally debuted in the 1960s and was reinvented in the 1980s and 1990s. The franchise revolves around »
- Alex Billington
Robert Rodriguez may be best known for his violent action/crime flicks like Sin City and Desperado, but he's also directed some successful children's adventure movies such as Spy Kids and Sharkboy and Lavagirl, making him a good fit for Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of '60s Hanna-Barbera animated series, Jonny Quest. According to THR, he'll direct and co-write with Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The show focused on the globe-trotting adventures of young Jonny Quest and his father. They were accompanied by Jonny's dog Bandit, a Kolkatan orphan named Hadji, and government agent/bodyguard Race Bannon. It originally ran for only one season, but has since spawned '90s cartoon revivals and comic books. Rodriguez and Rossio are rewriting Dan Mazeau's original script, with Dan Lin and Adrian Askarieh on board as producers. »
It is not clear yet what this new storyline for kid adventurer Jonny Quest's big screen adventure will be, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hanna-Barbera originally aired the animated series for a single season in 1964, but syndication kept the series popular in the ensuing decades.
The original series followed Jonny, his father Dr Benton Quest and a small crew on adventures around the world as they battled evildoers.
Jonny Quest was later revived in New Adventures »
If you're a fan of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jonny Quest, then you're in for some good news. Warner Bros. is reviving a live-action version of the show for a big screen outing, and they've hired Robert Rodriguez to helm the project (as reported by THR):
Robert Rodriguez has come aboard the adventure project, an adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which has been dormant for the past several years.
While the original cartoon only lasted for one season, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
A project that has been knocking around Warner Bros. for years, the live action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera adventure cartoon "Jonny Quest" now has a new lease of life, courtesy of a director who certainly knows how to do family entertainment with panache. Robert Rodriguez will co-write and direct the movie, his first major studio project in quite some time as he's mostly spent the last several years in the independent world, making the likes of "Spy Kids," "Machete" and "Sin City." But the former franchise has certainly proven that he makes kids fare on a dime, which is likely an asset at the always budget conscious studio level. He'll be teaming with Terry Rossio (the last few "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, "The Lone Ranger") on the script, and they'll be refashioning an initial draft by Dan Mazeau. So hooray, another property beloved by aging fanboys goosed up for a new generation! »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The studio has been eyeing the cartoon, which originally aired back in the ’60s, as a family-friendly property for years. With Rodriguez on board, and also penning a script alongside Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), expect the project to accelerate into production. The pair are rewriting a Black List script by Dan Mazeau.
The original series centered on a boy who accompanied his scientist father on adventures around the globe. With the help of bodyguard Race Bannon, Calcutta orphan Hadji and his pet bulldog Bandit, Quest went up against all manner of evildoers and nefarious organizations. Though the original Jonny Quest series only lasted one season (it was canceled due to production costs), it lived on through syndication and was revived in »
- Isaac Feldberg
The studio has been in development on an adaptation for quite some time and hopes Rodriguez’s angle can help get the film off the ground. First appearing in the 1964 cartoon series “The Adventures of Jonny Quest,” the series follows a boy who accompanies his father on extraordinary adventures.
While the series only lasted two seasons, Quest began to build a cult following, leading to a handful of spinoff series that have helped build a fanbase over the past several decades.
Andy Fischel and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio.
Rodriguez has made a name for himself for his violent action pics, but his most successful films to date »
- Justin Kroll
Robert Rodriguez has signed on to rewrite and direct a live-action “Jonny Quest” movie for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Dan Lin (“Suicide Squad”) of Lin Pictures and Adrian Askarieh (“Hitman: Agent 47”) of Prime Universe are producing the family-friendly adventure movie about the boy hero. Rodriguez and Terry Rossio will rewrite the screenplay, the most recent draft of which was written by Dan Mazeau. The “Jonny Quest” movie will pair the young hero with a bodyguard. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson were previously eyed to star when Peter Segal was in line to direct. »
- Jeff Sneider
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