Sony Pictures Lands 'Captain Planet and the Planeteers' for Big Screen
Nearly two years ago, it was revealed that Cartoon Network was teaming with Transformers franchise producer Don Murphy and his Angry Filmworks production banner for an adaptation of the environmentally sound 90's cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Now Sony Pictures is getting in on the action as Heat Vision reports the studio is in final negotiations to pick up the rights to the series which follows a group of young people called The Planeteers who combine their special powers to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains. More below!
Here's the original credits sequence from the cartoon series that aired in the 90s:
In tune with the show's theme of environmentalism, the young eco-warriors used rings that harnessed the powers of wind, water, fire, Earth and heart to call upon the titular hero. Star Trek franchise star LeVar Burton was part of the original voice cast and big names like Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen guest starred on the series from time-to-time. Hollywood has tried to revive Captain Planet a couple times, with a movie being developed in the 90s and a live action series in the 2000s but neither one came to fruition. This iteration of the project could easily fall apart, but with studio backing, perhaps there's a writer out there who can summon Captain Planet and bring pollution down to zero.
From the top of my head, I'd like to see Phil Lord & Chris Miller do something fun with the property, especially after what they did with 21 Jump Street and seeing how promising The LEGO Movie looks as well. Captain Planet would do well to blend comedy and action, though maybe not as crassly as the Funny or Die spoofs which gave Don Cheadle the blue skin and green mullet. Of course, after seeing this awesome fanmade trailer, maybe a slightly more serious take on the environmental hero could end up working out. It's early days on this project though, so we'll see what happens.