It’s time to call on Captain Planet again, but its big screen adaptation will be a little different than what anime fans remember.
New Captain Planet project will be based on a screenplay by actor Glen Powell, who has ignited projects both on television (Scream queens, Implement) and on film (Hidden numbers). He also has other online projects, like the Top Gun sequel with Tom Cruise, but there is a special place in his heart and memory for Captain Planet and the Planeteers, and he’s working on a slightly darker version of the character with Paramount and Appian Way Productions.
The show was a Powell favorite at first, and others tried to get Captain Planet filmed. Sadly, those never really materialized, so to get Captain Planet on the big screen, a few tweaks and changes are needed.
“I mean, they’ve tried to make it into a superhero movie before, but they kind of liked a serious awareness and ours is way more subversive and fun and like dark and irreverent,” said Powell at THR. “Sometimes you have to think of these things logically. If you have a blue superhero with a green mullet, you can’t do as a serious take. [direction]. “
For those who don’t remember, Captain Planet and the Planeteers revolved around five teenagers who were given rings from the Ancient Earth Spirit Gaia after she woke up to learn that the Earth was dying. Each ring had a different ability related to the elements, which allows Planateers to wield the power of Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, and Heart. They were protecting the planet from eco-villains, but when their power wasn’t enough to stem the tide, they could combine their powers to call upon the hero Captain Planet.
You can see the potential of this premise, especially with what’s going on in the realm of the environment and climate change debate, but it will take some work to get the weirder elements in a consumable form. Powell is already working hard on the script.
“It was an interesting process and it took a long time, but now we’re putting it in place and we’re really excited about it,” said Powell.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers operated for six seasons from September 1990 to February 1996. The new Captain Planet the film has no release date.