Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal to acquire the rights to the popular 90’s cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The film will be produced by Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012), Don Murphy (Transformers, Real Steel), and Susan Montford (the upcoming Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters). Studio executive Andrea Gianetti (Angels & Demons, The Green Hornet) will oversee the production.
For those of you who weren’t a child of the 90’s, The Hollywood Reporter has clarified the plot:
Captain Planet told the story of five teens from around the world — North America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America, that are given powers by Gaia, the earth spirit, in order to protect the planet from the devastation of polluters. When their powers are not enough, the teens combine to summon a superhero named Captain Planet.
The cartoon was considered part children’s entertainment, part environmental activism. With the rise in global warming, a new generation of kids will learn about the importance of earth conservation.
Due to the mass popularity of superhero movies, the creators of Captain Planet want in on some of the action that’s currently being monopolized by Marvel and DC Comics. Captain Planet isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill superhero; his powers include shape-shifting to take on the properties of any element or material, and is weakened when he is in contact with pollutants, radiation, smog, etc. Although he can also fly, has super-strength and telepathic abilities, so there’s that.
Expect to hear updates soon on casting as well as the writers/director hired to take on the project.