June 27, 2013


Well it’s finally happened: a property we’ve suggested on Hollywood! Adapt This! has found a major studio home.  Sony is reportedly in final negotiations for Captain Planet and the Planeteers, a live-action feature based on the 1990s environmentally-oriented cartoon series.  The adaptation was initially reported almost two years ago, but the involvement of a major studio is a big win for Cap fans.  Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Susan Montford are on board to produce.  The series centered on five teens from around the world who were chosen to be the bearers of powerful elemental rings which would help them battle looters and polluters.  When the threat was too great for them to handle on their own, they combined their powers to summon the mighty Don Cheadle Captain Planet, who then took pollution down to zero.  Hit the jump for more.

Heat Vision reports that captain-planet-matiCaptain Planet and the Planeteers is all but locked up for Sony.  It’s far too early to report on screenwriters and possible story angles, let alone directors and cast members, but at the same time, this is a great moment in time for this particular tale.  Not only are there plenty of real world events for screenwriters to draw from (ie franchisability), an almost guaranteed international box office success to bank on (with leads taken from all of the world’s major markets), and a rare opportunity to educate a new generation of environmentalists, there’s a chance here to darken the tone of the story and make it resonate with more real-world implications.

I know, I know, you’re saying, “Every other time you open your mouth, you say that movies today are too ‘gritty and realistic!’ Make up your mind!”  That’s a fair point.  When it comes to most comic book adaptations, I often ask, “Why so serious?”  But for something as important as the environmental state of our world, I lean strongly in favor of “impactful and realistic.”  Captain Planet certainly had an impact on youths back in the day, but its lasting effect is up for debate.  Now, the filmmakers are presented with a unique opportunity to do something worthwhile and entertaining.

I’m cautiously optimistic that this is the direction they’ll aim for, though I’m well-aware that box office dollars will weigh more heavily on their scales.  If nothing else, this project has moved to the forefront of my curiosities as the studio’s selection of screenwriters and a director will establish what sort of tone they’re going for.  It will also be interesting to see how closely the adaptation sticks to the original series in its casting.  This is another case where I feel a strong adaptation will serve the story better than a direct translation.  Do I need to see a smart-mouthed doofus from Brooklyn named Wheeler or a two-dimensional Soviet cardboard cutout cutie?  No.  Do I need to see international characters who experience real emotional suffering as a result of environmental destruction?  Yes, please!  (If you can’t tell, I’m heavily invested in this project already, so feel free to engage in a discussion in the comments below!)


  • sunshine

    ahahahhahahahahah!!!! what!?….what?!

    seriously though, this was the stupidest cartoon ever.

    • Johnson

      go jump off a cliff…

    • Redjester

      By stupidest, I assume you mean best…

      Best cartoon ever.

    • pinkincide

      Best child-targeted propaganda ever. They got me so young I almost believed some of that Al Gore shit.

  • Collin Kobelja

    Captain Planet motherfckers. I’m going to turn you into a fucking tree.

    • Redjester

      I was just thinking the same thing.

      Don Cheadle as Captain America or no go…

  • Redjester

    They should totally go the route of Dark Knight and Man of Steel with this one and make it a dark, gritty, real-ish toned film.

    • william powhida

      ” a dark, gritty, real-ish toned film”? shut the hell up! this movie will bomb and u would be the only person jerking off to it. dumbass!

      • Redjester

        I’m not sure how to respond to that. You do grasp that I was joking, right? I mean, anyone who’s ever watched the show would know that what I said was in jest.

        On a serious note, I think Smurfs needs a darker, grittier reboot. The previous attempts at the film were waaaay too catered towards children.

  • Nate

    Honestly this just sounds ridiculous. If they can make something even halfway believable out this cartoon I’d say Oscars all around.

  • Mick

    OK seriously Dave Trumblore, and I am not evn joking, they need to get my cousin Michae Stephenson to do this. Oh my god, he has been talking about this literally for ten years and even has a trilogy written. It is both dark but also hokey at times and definitely realistic. I really hope he gets a chance to get his scripts read because they legitimately are true to life and to Captain Planet. Awesome

  • william powhida

    im on board as long as they wear those gay t shirts!

    • Redjester

      I’m on board as long as they keep the same cast as the Don Cheadle parodies. Those skits were absurdly and amazingly spot on.

  • Convoy

    They better keep the theme song.

  • Mario

    And in the next week: Denver, the Last Dinosaur live action movie!

  • Agent777

    It better be campy, and not, like a serious movie. Batman the Movie with Adam West style.

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