Captain Planet Movie in the Works

Captain Planet
Captain Planet, the world's first eco-hero, created by cable pioneer and environmentalist Ted Turner. (Photo: Business Wire)
We can never have too many superhero films, right? Cartoon Network’s trusting that audiences haven’t yet hit the breaking point when it comes to films based on superheroes as they’re planning a live-action Captain Planet feature film. Cartoon Network’s just completed a deal with Transformers producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a film based on Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
 
Captain Planet and the Planeteers debuted on TBS and TNT in 1990, with celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hoggish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm) lending their voices to the series. Ted Turner and DIC Enterprises created the “world’s first animated environmental series” to address serious environmental issues. The official synopsis of the show explains it’s “about a group of young people who combine their special powers (The Planeteers) to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains.”
 
In the press release announcing the feature film, President and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division Stuart Snyder stated, “The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Snyder. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent but entertaining.”
 
“We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life,” said producer Don Murphy. “His adventures are known worldwide and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”
 
Source: Cartoon Network, TBS – July 19, 2011