Time for a bit of early ’90s nostalgia here, as THR is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company have partnered up to bring environmental superhero Captain Planet to the big screen.
Sony was actually working on an adaptation many years ago, but the rights have since lapsed. This incarnation of the project has actor Glenn Powell (Scream Queens, Everybody Wants Some) on board as co-writer along with Jono Matt, but there’s no word yet on whether he’ll also play a role in the movie.
For those that have never heard of the classic animated series or need a refresher, Captain Planet and the Planeteers ran from 1990 to 1992, and focused on a group of global youngsters who were given magical rings that could control the four elements of fire, earth, wind, and water, and an additional ring for heart. When they combined their powers they were able to summon Captain Planet, who aided them in their quest to fight pollution and cleanse the environment.
A direct adaptation of the cartoon might turn out to be a bit generic, but it seems Matt and Powell do have an intriguing new take on the premise:
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.
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