'Captain Planet' live-action film in the works
Captain Planet may soon battle ecological disasters and polluting villains on the big screen.
The Turner-owned cable channel Cartoon Network recently announced that it has signed an agreement with the production company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action film based on the hit 1990s cartoon series, which depicted a superhero who strives to make the world a cleaner and safer place.
"The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today," Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division, said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "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."
No release date or cast for a "Captain Planet" film has been announced.
"With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender," said Susan Montford of Angry Filmworks.
The series "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" ran between 1990 and 1996. Captain Planet comes to life when five humans from different parts of the world activate their magical rings, each of which possesses a natural power - earth, fire, wind, water and heart.
The show's original voice actors included the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and "Star Trek" actor LeVar Burton. David Coburn voiced Captain Planet.
Burton, who portrayed Kwame, an African man with the power to move the earth, expressed his excitement about the film project on his Twitter page on Tuesday, saying: "Attn: Captain Planet to be made into a movie! That is all... #LetOurPowersCombine #Earth."
Even the villains were portrayed by a star-studded cast - Meg Ryan was Dr. Blight, Martin Sheen voiced Sly Sludge on several episodes, Edward Asner was Hoggish Greedly and Jeff Goldblum was Verminous Skumm.
Angry Filmworks has helped develop the "Transformers" movie series, which is also based on a cartoon, as well as the 2007 Clive Owen film "Shoot 'Em Up" and the 1994 Woody Harrelson movie "Natural Born Killers."