Leonardo DiCaprio is Pitching a Grim & Gritty Captain Planet Movie

You know you're a '90s kid if you remember the theme tune to one of the decade's most environmentally focused cartoons* "Captain Planet and the Planeteers." But whether or not he was your hero, Leonardo DiCaprio wants Captain Planet to return and join him in the battle against pollution.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and Appian Way, DiCaprio's production company, are currently in talks to secure screen rights to the series. What's more, they're interested in adding writers Jono Matt and Glen Powell, best known for for his acting work on Fox's comedy/horror series "Scream Queens," to produce the script.

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The original animated series featured an international group of teens, each or home had a magic ring that controlled one of five elements; Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Heart. Yes, it was all a bit "Fifth Element," but without Chris Tucker doing a cosmic-Prince impersonation. The five elements combined to create Captain Planet, a blue, green and red superhero who fought off various eco-villains in his quest to save the world from the evils of pollution.

Surprisingly, Paramount isn't the first film studio to express interest in this particular super-powered environmental activist – a "Captain Planet" revamp was in development with Sony before the rights lapsed.

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According to THR, what's attracting Paramount and Appian to the character is the "subversive take" Matt and Powell have on the source material, viewing "Captain Planet" as "a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him." Giving an bright, colorful, idealistic hero a grim and gritty makeover? something about that is even more '90s than the original cartoon.

*Of course, "Captain Planet" did have some strong competition on the eco-friendly animation front from the French/Canadian series "The Smoggies," which aired on HBO in the '90s as "Stop the Smoggies." Will that get a remake too?

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