According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Studios and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way Productions are teaming up for the rights to the ’90s cartoon series. They are also in talks to recruit Above the Line screenwriter Jono Matt and Scream Queens star Glen Powell to pen the live-action flick’s script.
If the rights come through, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Leonardo are set to produce via Appian Way, which, along with Powell, signed a first-look deal with Paramount in March.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers was a TV series that ran from September 1990 to December 1992 on TBS, and followed a group of five teenagers from around the world who were gifted magical rings that could control the elements. Together, these kids had the power to summon Captain Planet, a superhero who fought against ecological evil.
Sony was previously set to develop its own Captain Planet film; however, the rights eventually lapsed. THR‘s sources say Paramount’s version will be very different, with Matt and Powell’s story reportedly taking place years after the events of the show, and Captain Planet is now a washed-up has-been who’s forced to rely on the Planeteers. ~Shelby Morton
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