If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, there is a high chance that you will remember Captain Planet and the Planeteers and its sequel series The New Adventures of Captain Planet that aired on our television sets from 1990 to 1996. For the uninitiated, the show followed Captain Planet an environment loving super hero who combats eco-terrorists and villains alike. He normally gets summoned by the Planeteers, a group of kids who were given magical rings by Gaia. The kids use rings power of earth, fire , water , wind and heart (im not joking) to call Captain Planet to assist them in their battles to save the environment. Even though the show was packed with action sequences of the wazoo, the show also acted as an edutainment property that taught the young ones about the environment and how to save it . It wasn’t only exclusive to saving the environment , it also contained public service announcements about gang violence, HIV AIDS amongst many other things.
Its no secret to the world that Oscar winning actor Leonardo Dicaprio is a big advocate for the preservation of the environment as he has spoken about climate change in front of the United Nations ,as well as putting in a plug about the issue in his Oscar acceptance speech. The Hollywood Reporter recently broke the news that Dicaprio’s production company, Appian Way has become interested in the producing a film starring the titular character after they recently signed a first-look deal with paramount. Knowing that Leo has a deep appreciation for the planet, it should come as no surprise as he will most likely see the movie as a fun way to raise questions about the environmental issues we face in today’s society.
Sony initially had the rights to produce the Captain Planet movie fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, they let the rights lapse. Paramount is now the frontrunner to acquire the rights to the 1990s cartoon and there is word that they want to bring in Scream Queen writers Jono Matt and Glen Powell to be scribes for the movie. Leonardo’s production company will officially join the project as a producer when Paramount complete its bid to buy the films right. It has been reported that this movie won’t be a simple recap of the shows premise as the story is set to feature Captain Planet as a ” Washed up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him” . I personally find this premise intriguing as reboots is become a common practice in the industry. With that said after seeing a series of hilarious Captain Planet sketches done by the Youtube channel Funny Or Die Don Cheadle would in my honest opinion make the perfect candidate for Captain Planet. We will keep you updated with more information regarding this film.