By Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter
Paramount and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way are teaming up to recruit Captain Planet to bring pollution down to zero.
The studio has picked the rights to the early 1990s cartoon series, and is in negotiations with Jono Matt and Scream Queens star Glen Powell to write the script.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount in March, will produce the project along with Powell.
There’s no word yet on if Powell, who is known for his acting work in projects like FX series Scream Queens and Richard Linklater’s most recent film Everybody Wants Some, will also star in the project.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers was a TV show that aired September 1990 to December 1992. It centered on a five young people from around the world who were given magical rings that had the power to control natural elements. United, they can summon Captain Planet, a superhero who helps them fight against environmental evils.
The project was previously in development at Sony but the rights lapsed. One thing intriguing Paramount and Appian was the subversive take by Matt and Powell on the material: sources say the story takes place years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed up hasbeen who needs the kids more than they need him.
The project and its environmental themes are a natural fit for DiCaprio, an well-known environmentalist who often speaks out on issues such as global warming.
Powell starred on Ryan Murphy’s hit Scream Queens opposite Emma Roberts. He was also most recently seen on the big screen in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some. His upcoming projects as an actor include war drama Sand Castle and Fox’s Hidden Figures with Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer. He’s repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
Matt wrote the action-adventure reboot of Doctor Dolittle, and penned the script for indie Above the Line. He’s repped by CAA, Bridge Media Partners and Bloom Hergott.