"Earth!, Fire!, Wind!, Water!, Heart!, Potential Franchise Cash-cow! GO PLANET!"
That's right, everyone's favourite Eco-bore Captain Planet is heading to the big-screen in a live-action update from TRANSFORMERS producer Don Murphy.
To be honest, even as a kid I couldn't be bothered with the adventures of this self-righteous superhero (or his monkey), but Cartoon Network and Murphy's Angry Filmworks are banking on me being in the minority.
Here's a few choice snippets from their recent Press Release for all you Planeteers hungry for the deets...
'Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action motion picture based on the groundbreaking, environment-saving animated hero, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, it was announced today by Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division (AYAKM). The agreement gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and package the property and advance it towards production.
“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 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.”
“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” said Montford.
In an effort to inform younger viewers about serious environmental issues, legendary cable entrepreneur Ted Turner partnered with DIC Enterprises in 1990 to create the world’s first animated environmental series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The series was 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.'
So, there we go. Expect CAPTAIN PLANET to flaunt his blue mullet and lecture us silly sometime in 2013.
Is 'anybody' excited by the prospect of a CAPTAIN PLANET movie? Or did I just miss a trick when I was a kid? Let us know with your comments below!