A staple for many who grew up in the 1990s, Captain Planet and the Planets was billed as the world’s first environmental animated television series. The show ran for six seasons and 113 episodes on TBS and will now be the basis for a new live-action feature film.
Before you get too excited, this isn’t the first time a feature has been in the works. In 2007, Ted Turner regained the Captain Planet voice and talked about a possible movie. There were rumors of one in 2009, but these were apparently false (or perhaps recycled information from 2007).
Here is the official press release:
Cartoon Network signs with Angry Filmworks to develop live-action feature CAPTAIN PLANET
Transformers Film Trilogy Producer Called To Create Film Based On World’s First Ecohero
Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and his partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action film based on the revolutionary and respectful animated hero. environment, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, President and COO of the Animation, Young Adult and Children’s Media (AYAKM) division of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and condition the property and move it forward into production.
Murphy and Angry Filmworks are credited for the successful action-adventure franchise Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Murphy and Montford together produced Hugh Jackman’s upcoming blockbuster Real Steel with executive producer Steven Spielberg. The company is also responsible for action films such as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Natural Born Killers (1994). Angry Filmworks was formed in 1998.
“Captain Planet’s messages are even more relevant today,” Snyder said. “We believe this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful film that is not only relevant but entertaining.”
“We are extremely excited to bring the good captain back to life,” said Murphy. “His adventures are known around the world and he is recognized through the generations. We expect to make a series of spectacular films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network. “
“With earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other issues threatening the world right now, Earth really needs its greatest defender,” said Montford.
In an effort to educate young viewers about serious environmental issues, legendary cable entrepreneur Ted Turner partnered with DIC Enterprises in 1990 to create the world’s first environmental animated series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The series was about a group of young people who combine their special powers (The Planeteers) to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to fight the world’s worst eco-villains.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers was created in the fall of 1990, broadcast nationally and internationally in syndication and on TBS and TNT cable networks. Six full seasons of the series were produced in the original series, featuring the vocal talents of several guest celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner ( Hoggish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Winner of multiple Environmental Media Awards in its production, Captain Planet and the Planeteers have also garnered multiple Daytime Emmy nominations.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in over 99 million homes in the United States and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best of original, acquired and classic entertainment content for young people and families. Every night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination featuring original and acquired programming of animated comedy and live action for young people. adults aged 18 to 34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
What do you think? Are you interested in seeing a live version of Captain Planet? Could it work?