Today Robert Rodriguez got in front of people at the Television Critics Awards, mostly to discuss The Director's Chair and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. While there, however, he also answered questions about his upcoming studio project, Jonny Quest and the approach he’s taking with the film:
“I thought it’d be really cool to do a legitimate action/adventure film that just happens to have a kid in it,” Rodriguez said. “Not a kids film; the Spy Kids were more like kids films, this would be like a real action-adventure film because that’s what the original series was like. It was a hard hitting, kickass action-adventure series. That’s what enticed me to go do it. My own series had already played out. That was a cool property still that the studio had. I thought I would go see what they thought of it and they were really into it.”
It’s easy to make jokes about how this still sounds like a kids film, but I feel like he really might be barking up the right tree here. Rodriguez just wants to make a cool movie. He can’t have tons of almost-boobs and guys using other guys’ guts as rope, but that doesn’t mean he can’t create something fun and full of adventure.
Whether that generates excitement for you probably depends on your views of Rodriguez in general, which have likely taken a hit in the last few years. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt since he’s actually making this for a studio and can’t go all rogue in his garage. And also, I just want to like a Robert Rodriguez movie again.