Well-known, environmentally conscious cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers might finally be making a leap to the big screen. The story of five kids from different continents who are given powers to fight pollution, and combine to make the titular superhero, ran for over 100 episodes in the mid-’90s. Since then, producers have tried to bring it to big and small screens alike, with Funny or Die getting the closest by actually casting Don Cheadle to parody the character.
However, it seems Sony Pictures is now close to acquiring the rights to finally make a big-budget, live-action Captain Planet movie.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of this probable deal. If it works out, Captain Planet will be produced by Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Susan Montford.
Obviously Sony believes this concept — think Power Rangers meets Superman with environmental issues — is one audiences will gobble up. However, part of the cartoon’s appeal in today’s marketplace is its kitschy value. You’d imagine a modern film version would have to curtail that über positivity and take it much more seriously, while still holding onto a sense of purpose and fun. There in lies the big issue.
Were you a Captain Planet fan in the past? Do you think this will work as a feature film? Why should play the lead role?