Despite his seemingly amazing powers, superhero Captain Planet has had more trouble making his way to the big screen than he has battling polluters. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that noted environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) wants to help, entering talks for his production company to grab the rights to the show alongside Paramount Pictures.
The show, which ran in cartoon form from 1990 to 1992, saw Earth spirit Gaia bestowing magical rings on five teenagers. Each ring represents a different life force – African Kwame gets earth, North America Wheeler has fire, Russian Linka controls wind, while Asian Gi has water and South American Ma-Ti gets heart. Together, they have the ability to summon Captain Planet.
Producer Don Murphy, who has helped shepherd the likes of Transformers to cinemas, was first approached back in 2011 about Captain Planet. Sony Pictures took on the job at first, with Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) stepping aboard to also work on it. But since 2013, it has lingered in development limbo, and Sony Pictures let the rights lapse. DiCaprio, likely seeking a method to get his message across to a younger audience, had his Appian Way team look into the idea. And they are already in talks with writer Jono Matt and writer and actor partner Glen Powell (The Expendables 3) to work on the script based on a pitch by the pair that would set the story years after the show's time, with the good Captain a washed-up has-been who needs the kids' help to get himself back to his former glory.