Sony is Going Green With Captain Planet & the Planeteers!
Marvel had a big hit with it’s adaptation of Captain America, and numerous other super heroes for that matter, so Sony is banking on a different captain to be a success. Word is that the studio is in final talks to acquire the film rights to the popular 1990’s cartoon Captain Planet & the Planeteers and bring it to the silver screen. The adaptation will be produced by Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Susan Montford.
The toon was produced by Turner Broadcasting and DIC Entertainment, the latter is know for its take on Inspector Gadget and The Real Ghostbusters cartoons from around the same time. If there is any series that is more appropriate and PC for today’s audience, I’ve never seen it. Captain Planet & the Planeteers follows a group of kids fro around the world- North America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America to be exact- that are given powers by Gaia, the Earth spirit, to protect the planet from polluters. When their individual powers are not enough, the group can combine their powers to summon Captain Planet.
The green hero took on the likes of Dr. Blight, Verminous Skumm, Duke Nukem, and Looten Plunder and also drew such high-profile actors like Meg Ryan, Sting and James Coburn. A film was attempted in the 1990’s but never made it past the script stage. Murphy and Montford also produced a live-action series for Cartoon Network in the 2000’s but it never took hold. And let’s not forget the great short starring Don Cheadle. Is this a project you’d watch? It will be interesting to see how this one plays out for sure.
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Source : The Hollywood Reporter