In more obscure news today, Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions are teaming up on a Captain Planet film, though there aren’t many more details to go on other than that. I know what you’re probably thinking; “Leo’s gonna be Captain Planet?” (or ‘Who is Captain Planet?’ We’ll get to that, don’t worry.) Perhaps he might take the lead role as well as help produce the movie, though the only thing we know for sure is that he will be doing the latter of the two.
The studio is presently courting actor and writer Glen Powell (Scream Queens) as well as Jono Matt to helm the script. Matt has written for several projects, including the action-comedy reboot of Doctor Dolittle and Above the Line. No one has been confirmed to star in the project as of yet, but Powell, who is known for his role in FX’s Scream Queens may be considered.
Captain Planet (September 1990-December 1992)
Captain Planet originates from the animated show from the 90s. It revolves around five kids bestowed with magical rings that they find out can control different elements of nature. When united, the rings also summons a superhero (Captain Planet) who protects the environment and stops whatever may try to get in the way of that.
The rights to the pollution fighter previously belonged to Sony, but after sitting with it for a while without using it, ( they planned to produce a Captain Planet movie but it didn’t get off the ground), Paramount saw an opportunity with the franchise. THR reports that sources say that Matt and Powell pitched an idea to the studio that made Paramount want to use the character. Apparently, the film will take place years after the animated TV show occurred, “with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.”
It makes perfect sense that this would be a film DiCaprio would be interested in producing, as an environmentalist who is known for speaking out on the state of our planet and the issues surrounding it. I think that this premise is interesting, and if done well, could be a movie we’ll be re-watching in science classes, and at home for years to come.
I turn the question to you: what do you think of this development? Do you think this could be the next FernGully or even Wall-E? Are you already dreading this movie, or are you excited by the idea? Let us know in the comments below or on Instagram or Twitter!