One of the world’s foremost celebrity environmental activists, Leonardo DiCaprio, is set to produce a CAPTAIN PLANET movie at Paramount, the studio with which the newly minted Oscar winner inked a first-look deal back in March. Jono Matt and Glen Powell are in negotiations to write the script based on the 1990s cartoon series, the first feature gig for both.
The cartoon, which aired between September of 1990 and December of 1992, centered on five young people from around the world who were given magical rings that had the power to control natural elements including earth, wind, fire, water, and heart. When their powers combined, they summoned Captain Planet, a superhero who helped fight against environmental evils.
While little details have been shed on how the cartoon will be adapted for the screen, the offbeat take from Matt and Powell reportedly got the attention of the folks at Paramount which sets the story years in the future when Captain Planet is a washed up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him. DiCaprio will produce with Jennifer Davisson under his Appian Way banner along with Powell.
Powell, who stars on the Ryan Murphy drama Scream Queens, is also known for his roles in films like The Expendables 3, Ride Along 2, and Everybody Wants Some!! He’ll next be seen on the big screen in the awards-season contender Hidden Figures playing legendary astronaut John Glenn.
Another Captain Planet project was previously in development at Sony with producer Mark Gordon attached and Ben Zazove writing the script – as early as 2011. The option on the rights has since lapsed and has now been acquired by Paramount.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.