Considering all of the environmental concerns and fears out there right now, it was really only a matter of time. Sony Pictures is nearing a deal to acquire the rights to turn the hit ’90s cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers into a feature film.
The series followed five teens from around the world who are given magical rings by the Earth spirit Gaia (voiced first by Whoopie Goldberg and then by Margot Kidder) that give each a special power related to something specific. They include Kwame (voiced by LeVar Burton) from Africa (Earth!), Wheeler from North America (Fire!), Linka from Eastern Europe (Wind!), Gi from Asia (Water!), and Ma-Ti from South America (Heart!). And when these five powers combine, they summon the mighty superhero himself, Captain Planet!
Continue reading for more, and for a healthy shot of nostalgia in the form of the show’s opening and end credits theme song.
The planned movie will be produced by Mark Gordon, Don Murphy, and Susan Montford, while the original TV series was produced by Turner Broadcasting based on an idea by Ted Turner himself. This is naturally impossible to mention without linking this little Robot Chicken sketch.
A movie was also attempted in the ’90s but didn’t work out, and a live-action series was being developed for Cartoon Network in the late ’00s that never happened.
It’s unclear whether this latest movie attempt would be an animated flick or if it’ll be live-action.
Do you want to see a Captain Planet movie? Now watch both of these videos. Did you watch? Okay—NOW do you want to see a Captain Planet movie?