The Rock as Race Bannon, Zac Efron as Jonny Quest?

Johnny Quest, yes. The Rock, maybe. Zac Efron, say what.

As if rising from the ashes of the 2008 Black List, Warners has taken notice of one of the top unsold scripts – one for Jonny Quest. According to IESB, who spoke to Dwayne Johnson, Warners is looking to cast The People’s Elbow in the role of Race Bannon – the bodyguard, bad ass, and possible child-toucher from the iconic show.

But wait. There’s more.

They are looking to cast Zac Efron as Jonny Quest. I have no idea how to feel about this. I’m not even sure I should be feeling anything about it. Efron has a built-in fan base, as our friends at IESB point out, but I’m not sure why. If someone can explain it, other than him being “dreamy,” that would be awesome. Thanks in advance.

The studio is also looking to Andy Fickman, who recently directed the as-yet-untested Race to Witch Mountain with Johnson, and formerly directed the very un-good Reefer Madness: The Musical and She’s the Man.

I can only hope that Reverend Horton Heat will be providing the main theme song.

Hopefully you can tell through the tone of my writing how negative I am about this whole thing. The Rock is awesome, I could sit through Zac Efron playing Quest, and I assume that they will be casting a Caucasian as Hadji, but Fickman brings a certain cheese factor to the whole thing that takes it beyond the pale. Still, the deal isn’t quite finalized.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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