Sony’s loss might become Leonardo DiCaprio’s gain as the Oscar-winning actor could finally bring Captain Planet to the big screen.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions have partnered with Paramount Pictures to adapt the cult-favorite 1990s animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and are looking to one of the stars of Fox’s Scream Queens to help write the script.
Glen Powell, who plays Chad Radwell in the horror comedy series, could pen the screenplay with Jono Matt – best known (if you can say that) as the assistant to Sons of Anarchy producer Paris Barclay. Neither Powell nor Matt have major writing experience, but it could be one way Paramount is looking to get Powell to star in the environmentally friendly film.
Captain Planet was a weekly cartoon conceived by media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner. It ran in two various incarnations beginning in 1990 centering on Captain Planet himself – a superhero created when “Planeteers” representing various aspects of nature would join forces.
Enemies would almost always be someone who was looking to hurt the Earth and the environment, with names like Captain Pollution, Sly Sludge and Duke Nukem.
Despite some of the cheese and hit-you-over-the-head storylines, Captain Planet attracted a lot of big-name voice talent during a time when big-name talent rarely lent their voices to animated projects. That included Whoopi Goldberg, Margot Kidder, LeVar Burton, Ed Asner, Jeff Goldblum and Meg Ryan.
Sony Pictures originally had the film rights to Captain Planet, but never got anything together. That allowed Paramount and Appian to sweep in and put together, what The Hollywood Reporter suggests could be a rather different take on the Earth Day hero.
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.
The studio released no timetable on when filming might begin, or when fans might finally get a chance to see Captain Planet in the flesh.
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