From 1990 to 1992, Tuner Program Services and DIC Entertainment presented “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” an animated TV show that followed five teenagers empowered with the classical elements and the superhero Captain Planet to protect the world from environmental danger. Since then, “Captain Planet” has produced a sequel TV series that ran from 1993 to 1996, a comic book series, video games, and of course, the Captain Planet Foundation, an organization that inspires and teaches youth about the environmental challenges facing the world today. But now it will soon become a feature film, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and Paramount Pictures.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and Appian Way are in talks to acquire the rights to “Captain Planet,” and if the deal is struck, it would be produced by DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and would be written by “Everybody Wants Some!!” star Glen Powell and Jono Matt. Sources close to THR say that Matt and Powell’s idea for the script involves a washed-up Captain Planet desperately needing the kids to save him rather than the other way around.
DiCaprio is no stranger to environmental activism, with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation working tirelessly since 1998 to combat climate change and raise awareness of environmental issues. Most recently, DiCaprio co-produced the film “Before the Flood,” a climate change documentary directed by Fisher Stevens set to premiere on the National Geographic Channel on October 30.