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.
Even after the 1990s animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers had its run and gained fans worldwide, humanity still continues to fuck up the planet. The Amazon rain forest remains threatened, animal species march toward extinction due to human interference, and weather events grow ever more extreme. It seems that our generation missed the message or chose to do nothing about it. Time for a reminder. Today’s suggestion deviates from previous installments which were based mostly out of a nostalgic desire to see reboots of shows and movies from my childhood. Instead, this re-imagining comes out of a necessity of shaking people out of their complacency with environmental issues and into action. Hollywood! Adapt this: Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
A little over a year ago, Don Cheadle took on the role of Captain Planet in a hilariously ridiculous Funny or Die video. The spoof came hot on the heels of the news that a live-action adaptation of the Captain Planet animated series was in the works, and skillfully pointed out how horribly wrong that idea can go. Cheadle has once again donned the tights for a sequel Captain Planet video, but this time the character has grown into an environmentally conscious dictator with a penchant for turning everyone into trees. I actually think this one’s even funnier than the first video, and it features a nice return cameo from Efren Ramirez as the last remaining Planeteer.
Hit the jump to see Captain Planet take humanity down to zero.
As someone that has been attending San Diego Comic-Con/Sci-Fi/Star Trek/Star Wars/Comic Book conventions for almost my entire teenage and adult life, this year’s New York Comic-Con blew me for one reason: I’ve never seen so many people Cosplay in one place. While conventions always get a few people dressing up, NYCC absolutely set a new record for percentage of attendees willing to cosplay. I was very impressed.
Over the last four days, as I walked up and down the convention floor, I always had my camera ready to go. So if you’re a fan of cosplay and want to check out some great costumes including Batman, Bane, Spider-Man, Captain Planet, Doctor Who, Megatron, Admiral Ackbar, Two-Face, Terminator, Ghost Rider, and so many more, hit the jump for almost 200 images.
I love this time of year. The opening week of college football is upon us and we’re in the middle of a three-day Labor Day weekend. To make matters even more enticing, the 100 degree heat of the Midwest is slowly but surely becoming a distant memory. All in all, life is good. Now, for those of you who look forward to our weekly “Top 5″ installment, things are only getting better.
In this week’s edition, we’re bringing you our coverage of Star Wars: The Complete Saga (blinking Ewoks and all), a new batch of set photos from Man of Steel and The Avengers, Don Cheadle’s hilarious albeit disturbing take on Captain Planet, and an exclusive interview with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
Hey, remember that live-action Captain Planet movie we reported on last month? Remember how stupid the idea sounded? It still is! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t ripe for parody and Funny or Die has done just that. When Captain Planet (played by Don Cheadle) is summoned by the Planeteers (whose ranks include Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Efren Ramirez), he goes a little overboard with his superpowers. They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely and that saying still applies to environmentally-conscious superheroes.
Hit the jump to check out the video.
Captain Planet was a cartoon from the mid-90s that conjures up great nostalgia for those who watched it and pledged never to pollute ever again. That’s why the Earth is as clean as it is right now: because of a cartoon where teenagers summoned a flying blue man to beat up polluters. Now we’ve received a press release announcing that producer Don Murphy (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and Cartoon Network are developing a live-action Captain Planet movie.
For those unfamiliar with the series, five teenagers across the globe, called “Planeteers”, received special rings that bestowed superpowers and together the rings could summon Captain Planet. Individually, four of the rings could summon useful elements: Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water. The fifth ring was “Heart” aka “We Ran out of Ancient Elements”. The Heart kid had the power to make people care and to speak with animals. Maybe his power needs to be readjusted for the film. However, he also had a pet monkey, so they have to keep that. Hit the jump for the press release.