If you were a kid in early 90’s, then you may have watched the cartoon series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”. If you loved it, then you will be elated to know that the one and only Leonardo Dicarprio is making a movie on the same! There is a possibility that it will be on the screens very soon. Why are people making a fuss about this? Well, to start with, this is one of the last remaining 1990’s treasures. It would be great to have a feeling of back in the days when most of us were young, free and felt invincible. Secondly, it’s Leonardo DiCarprio who is making this movie. We can be sure of amazing things putting in mind that he rarely disappoints in his works.
“Captain Planet and the Planeteers” cartoon series was aired in the early 90’s and featured a bunch of kids and Captain Planet. Captain Planet was the superhero (eco-friendly) in the cartoon. The kids (planeteers) would call him, by combining powers they possessed, when faced with situations where the environment was being abused and they could not solve them. This later brought about the series “The New Adventures of Captain Planet” that ran up to late 1996. The initial film rights holders was Sony Pictures but these rights has since expired. In the event that the rights are granted to Appian Way Productions (Leonardo DiCaprio’s company) and Paramount, the two are hoping to produce a movie on this.
Unlike in the cartoon series where the kids are the ones who call out to the superhero, close sources reveal that the movie will portray a number years down the line where the superhero/ Captain Planet (now washed up and jaded) is the one who needs them and not the other way round. He will be faced with a situation where he can’t bring pollution down to zero and needs the help of the planeteeers. It is expected that Juno Matt, you might remember him as the script writer for reboot of “Doctor Dolittle”, and Glen Powell, who featured in “Everybody Want Some” shall be the script writers for this movie. Whether Powell will also feature in the movie is not known. He has been marveled at as an actor and it won’t be a surprise if he features in the movie. The producers for this movie will be Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran from Paramount. The aim of the movie is to sensitize on the need to reduce environmental pollution across the globe. But this is not the first time Captain Planet movie has been mooted. Sony Pictures had previously (around 2013) been rumored to produce the movie but this never came to fruition. We just hope this won’t be a similar case.
This is not the first time we are seeing DiCaprio being involved in environmental matters. Since time immemorial he has been on the fore front n teaching people about the environment. He has acted as the UN messenger of peace and he prides himself as an environmental activist. He is also the founder of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation that “supports projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities”. This information can be found from the foundation’s website. In the past, he has been on the front row in campaigning for the rehabilitation of the environment and giving
speeches on global warming. Such a speech was given during the Oscars. He has produced an environmental documentary film titled “Before the Flood” which, in a nutshell, portrays the effects of climate change. The film features Leonardo as he travels to various continents in the world, looking into the impact of climate change that has been caused by man. In his journey, he speaks with persons of all kind, from world leaders to scientists, and from them examines some of the possible solutions to this problem the world is facing at this particular time. Familiar faces you are bound to see in this film include that of President of the US, Barack Obama and Pope Francis. Of course you will also see Leonardo DiCaprio.
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It will be interesting to see something from back in the days on our television sets once again. It especially comes in handy during this time when environmental pollution has been on the rise and it’s with no doubt something needs to be done. While not many people will learn from it, it will provide some form of entertainment and that is something we all look forward to any day. Most of us can’t wait to see the outcome of all this effort. Leonardo DiCaprio is definitely going to have fun producing this one.