Robert Rodriguez is on a mission to bring "Jonny Quest" to the big screen.
The "Sin City" filmmaker has been enlisted to direct and co-write Warner Bros.' long-gestating live-action movie based on the 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, The Times has confirmed.
Rodriguez, 46, will work with "Pirates of the Caribbean" scribe Terry Rossio to redraft a script originally penned by Dan Mazeau ("Wrath of the Titans"). The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
Warner Bros. has long eyed a movie based on "Jonny Quest," a prime time ABC animated series that chronicled the adventures of a globetrotting kid tagging along on secret missions with his scientist dad, Calcutta-born best friend, tough-guy bodyguard and mischievous dog.
Debuting in 1964, the show lasted a single season but gained a cult following and spawned such follow-ups as "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest" in the '80s and "The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest" in the '90s, plus comic books and games.
Although Rodriguez is known for such edgy, violent fare as the "Sin City" and "Machete" movies, he's also a veteran of kid-centric action, having helmed the four films of the "Spy Kids" franchise.