Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Make a ‘Captain Planet’ Movie.
Leonardo DiCaprio ’s Appian Way Productions and Paramount are in a bid to land the rights to the ’90s cartoon series Captain Planet. And if an agreement is reached, they would then look to Jono Matt and Glen Powell to write the script, while Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Leonardo DiCaprio and Powell would produce the film.
Sony previously had the rights to a Captain Planet movie, but upon lapsing, the deal fell through. For Paramount and Appian Way, one source revealed they plan to tell the story as it “takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him.”
Captain Planet and the Planeteers aired back in the early ’90s, detailing five young individuals from around the world who were given magical rings that had the power to control natural elements. When united, they could then summon Captain Planet to help them thwart off environmental evils.
As far as casting goes, no one is signed on officially. But let’s hope that DiCaprio himself—a real-life “Captain Planet” who’s an outspoken advocate against environmental evils such as pollution and global warming—may consider playing the titular blue superhero, mostly so we can see Jack from Titanic rock a mullet, earlier this year at the age of 41, DiCaprio finally landed his first Oscar for his role in ‘Revenant’
Glen Powell is best known as an actor, with credits including Fox’s Scream Queens, The Expendables, Everybody Wants Some!!, and the upcoming Hidden Figures. It’s unclear if whether he might star in Captain Planet as well as help write and produce it.
He’s previously written and produced short films like J.A.W. (directed by and starring Birth of a Nation‘s Nate Parker). Matt wrote the indie film Above the Line and recently worked on an action-adventure reboot of Doctor Dolittle.
While we wait for DiCaprio’s Captain Planet, take a look back at this hilariously twisted live-action version from Funny or Die starring Don Cheadle.