Sony Pictures is in negotiation to bring the 1990’s favorite environmental superhero cartoon to the big screen. Captain Planet and the Planeteers, which ran from 1990 to 1992, is being prepped for a live action adaptation under the watchful eyes of veteran producers Don Murphy (Transformers), Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan), and Susan Montford (Reel Steel), according to a story published by The Hollywood Reporter.
Captain Planet was a cartoon, created in part by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle, among many others, that featured five kids of culturally diverse backgrounds that worked to save the planet with the guiding spirit of Gaia. When things got too tough (as they always did), they could call on Captain Planet to save the day. The show featured a cavalcade of campy, pun-named villains such as Dr. Blight, Looten Plunder and even Duke Nukem.
A second series of the TV show, called The New Adventures of Captain Planet, ran from 1993 to 1996. This is not the first attempt to develop the Captain Planet property for live action, but it is the first to have a producing corps of veteran producers at the helm. Time will tell if Sony is able to bring the Captain to a new generation of fans.