Robert Rodriguez Talks JONNY QUEST Movie Rating and Action-Adventure Tone

     July 30, 2015

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Christina Radish was at the TCAs today to talk to Robert Rodriguez about the second season of his series From Dusk Till Dawn (which premieres on El Rey on August 25th), but she managed to sneak in a couple Jonny Quest questions while she was at it. We previously reported that Rodriguez would be directing the film as well as working on the script alongside Terry Rossio, working from a draft by Dan Mazeu. Now we’ve got an update on their progress with the script, plus news on the film’s possible rating.

As a big fan of both versions of the animated series myself, it’s nice to see Rodriguez’s enthusiasm for it, especially since he’ll be responsible for bringing it to the big screen in live action for the first time. For those of you who worry/hope that this will be another installment of his Spy Kids movies, he definitely addresses it in the quotes below. As for the rating, well that’s unfortunately up to the board.

Be sure to stop back later for more from Christina’s interview with Rodriguez. Here’s what he had to say about Jonny Quest:


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Image via Troublemaker Studios

Collider: How is Jonny Quest coming along?

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ:  Really good! 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. That was an action cartoon. They had to cancel it after the first season because they couldn’t keep up with it. The amount of drawings was like four times the amount of drawings. It was an adventure. Before Indiana Jones, it was an Indiana Jones/James Bond action-adventure strip with a kid in it. It just happened to have a kid. It wasn’t a kid’s story. It was an action-adventure story that had a kid in it. So, that’s what it’s going to be with the movie. I made Spy Kids movies, but those are more kids being spies and their family. This is more of a legitimate action-adventure film that has a kid in it.

Do you know when you’ll get that going?

RODRIGUEZ:  I’m turning in the script right now. I’ve just been working on the script.

What sort of tone and rating are you going for? 

RODRIGUEZ:  It will be PG or PG-13. It depends. Sometimes with the action, even if it’s not bloody, it depends on how the ratings’ board feels. I tried to make Spy Kids G-rated. They made it PG, just ‘cause there’s action. It depends on how far you push that.

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