Nerds who grew up in the 90s should be pretty excited right now. Sony Pictures is reportedly moving forward with a big-screen version of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
Guys and gals of a certain age — myself included — fondly remember the adventures of the world’s most eco-friendly superhero. With the help of the multi-national Planeteers, the green-haired crime-fighter kept the Earth safe from those who threatened to destroy it. In short, it was pretty silly.
Coming Soon reports that Sony Pictures is presently in talks to acquire the rights to Captain Planet. Mark Gordon, Don Murphy, and Susan Montford will produce the big-screen adaptation. Although Sony could have easily tossed this to their animation division, it looks like the studio is going the live-action route with this one.
Like most Hollywood projects these days, this isn’t the first time someone has attempted to make a Captain Planet movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an big-screen version of the TV show was originally planned back in the 90s. Unfortunately, the project never came together.
Don Murphy and Susan Montford attempted to put together a live-action reboot of Captain Planet with Cartoon Network during the 2000s. However, the show didn’t make it past the planning phase. Hopefully Sony’s effort won’t succumb to the same fate as its predecessors.
Right now it’s unclear if the studio intends to do a straightforward adaptation or something that’s a bit more self-referential. Actor Don Cheadle and the website Funny or Die released a series of hilarious and very popular Captain Planet shorts online. Should Sony decide to head in that direction, the audience is definitely there.
There’s also the snazzy fan-made trailer that surfaced last summer. If the studio is going straightforward, this is probably the way to do it.
What do you think about the proposed live-action Captain Planet movie?