Real-Life ‘Captain Planet’ Leonardo DiCaprio Reportedly Making Movie About the ’90s Cartoon
The power is yours, Leonardo DiCaprio!
The actor-producer and environmental advocate is reportedly in talks to adapt a film version of cult-classic ’90s cartoon Captain Planet, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
DiCaprio’s studio, Appian Way Productions, as well as Paramount Pictures are currently seeking the rights to take the nostalgic animated show to the big screen, with producer-writer Jono Matt and Scream Queens star Glen Powell in talks to write the script.
Aired between 1990 and 1992, Captain Planet and the Planeteers was a children’s animated series that promoted environmental responsibility: The show follows the story of five young people from various parts of the world who, thanks to a set of mystical rings, become guardians of the planet when Gaia, the spirit of Earth, awakens. Together, the five friends can summon Captain Planet, a super hero who possesses the powers of earth, wind, fire, water and heart, in order to help them defeat villains who want to pollute the world.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources say that DiCaprio’s “subversive” adaptation may show Captain Planet as a “washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him” years after the events of the television show.
As far as casting goes, no one is signed on officially. But let’s hope that DiCaprio himself—a real-life “Captain Planet” who’s an outspoken advocate against environmental evils such as pollution and global warming—may consider playing the titular blue superhero, mostly so we can see Jack from Titanic rock a mullet.
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