Get ready to take pollution down to zero with Leonardo DiCaprio! We may finally be getting a Captain Planet movie from one of the glorious, witty writers who brought us Scream Queens.
Paramount and DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions are currently trying to acquire the rights to the eco-conscious, ’90s cult classic Captain Planet and the Planeteers. They’re looking towards Jono Matt and Glen Powell (Scream Queens) to pen the script. If they can come to an agreement, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and DiCaprio will produce the film with Powell. It’s unclear whether Powell will also star in the project.
For those of you who don’t remember how amazingly campy Captain Planet was, let us not forget the fact that Captain Planet had a bright green mullet. We’re not sure any superhero could possibly be more ’90s than that.
The opening theme song brings back a wave of nostalgia.
The show hit cult classic status, but only aired between September 1990 and December 1992. It followed the story of five kids from around the world who were given magical rings that could control the elements. When they brought the rings together, they summoned Captain Planet, who fought to rid the world of pollution and other environmental dangers.
For many kids, this was the first look at how dangerous humans can be to our planet. We’re not saying it lead to a generation of eco-conscious millennials, but we are saying we are a generation that has hybrid cars. Did the ’90s? Not so much. Captain Planet works in mysterious ways.
The project has been in the works for a while. It was originally being developed at Sony, but the rights lapsed. According to THR, the story is supposed to take place years after the show when the Captain is a washed-up, has-been and needs the kids (who we’re guessing are now grown up) a whole lot more than they need him. But rest never ceases on environmental issues. Has Captain Planet heard the Great Barrier Reef is dying? The ice caps are melting at a way more alarming rate than in the ’90s. We’d argue that there’s more work for Captain Planet then ever.