Wednesday, August 08, 2007
"Look out, Jonny!"
As a lifelong fan of comic books, cartoons and sci-fi pop culture, you would think I would be excited by the news from Hollywood that Warner Bros. is developing a live-action adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Jonny Quest." I would say I'm "anxious," but not in a good way.

Let me start by saying "Jonny Quest" was (and is) one of my all-time favorite cartoons. I purchased the complete first season on DVD almost as soon as it was released. I watched it as an adult in my early 30's with the same kind of enthusiasm that I had for it when it ran on Saturday morning re-runs in the late 70's.

But thinking about how Hollywood has taken so many of my favorite four-color characters and stories and "re imagined" them for the big-screen, the idea of producers trying to cash in on the current comic-book movie craze by turning out a "Jonny Quest" film leaves me feeling nauseous.

Case in point? 2005's "Fantastic Four." A movie so bad, I was STUNNED when the sequel was green-lit. And don't even get me started on "Superman Returns."

Studio executives and Hollywood media experts have said numerous times in just as many ways, that the fanboys (such as myself) will never be satisfied by anything they do... as if its an excuse for turning out mediocre films.

Of course, for every "Fantastic Four" or "Catwoman" there's a "Batman Begins" or "Spider-Man" just waiting to be made.

If Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter, the film-makers behind "Quest" approach things with the same kind of love and respect for the characters and their world as the Wachowski Brothers appear to be doing with their big-screen version of "Speed Racer," there's chance that "Jonny" might survive his big Hollywood adventure.
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