Leonardo DiCaprio is joining forces with Paramount Pictures and Scream Queens star Glen Powell and his writing partner Jono Matt (Sons of Anarchy) to bring Captain Planet to the big screen.
Captain Planet was previously set up at Sony back in 2013 to be produced by Mark Gordon (Reaper), Don Murphy (Real Steel) and Susan Montford (Splice), but the rights have since lapsed and Paramount is now in talks to acquire the rights to the original cartoon series.
If the deal goes through, Paramount will be teaming up with DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions, with the environmental activist (so he's basically the right man for the job) and Oscar-winning actor set to produce, while Powell and Matt will be writing the script.
The movie will be an adaptation to the 1990s cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which ran from 1990 to 1992. A second series, The New Adventures of Captain Planet, aired between 1993 and 1996. The story follows five teenagers from around the globe who were given powers by Gaia to control the elements in order protect our Big Blue Planet in the form of five rings. Combining their powers, they could summon Captain Planet, a friendly blue superhero who would fight evil polluters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “One thing intriguing to Paramount and Appian Way was the subversive take by Matt and Powell on the material: Sources say the story takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.”
What do you guys think? Do you like the idea for a Captain Planet movie?