Leonardo DiCaprio Developing Captain Planet and the Planeteers Feature Film!
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Captain Planet was the titular character of Captain Planet and the Planeteers and its sequel series, The New Adventures of Captain Planet. The two series ran from 1990 to 1996, and featured Captain Planet as he defended the Earth from eco-villains. Both shows also featured five Planeteers who were given magical rings by the spirit, Gaia, which allowed the holder to control the elements of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Heart. When their powers were combined, the five Planeteers could summon Captain Planet. The series was one of many prominent educational entertainment series in the 1990s, and there have been numerous attempts to adapt it to the big screen.
Several years ago a Captain Planet film was discussed at Sony, before the studio let the rights lapse. A new report states that Paramount is in talks to acquire the rights to the 1990s cartoon, and is looking to bring on Jono Matt and Glen Powell (Scream Queens) to pen the script. More interesting is news that Leonardo DiCaprio will join the film as a producer, should Paramount complete its bid to acquire the film rights.
THR reports that DiCaprio’s Appian Way has become interested in the project after recently signing a first-look deal with Paramount. Sources indicate that the take on the character may be different than what audiences saw in the cartoon, however, as apparently the story finds Captain Planet as a “washed up hasbeen who needs the kids more than they need him.”
While that take may earn the ire of Captan Planet purists (if there is such a thing), having a new angle on the concept may have been the only way to get the studio’s interest, as one wonders whether or not the earnestness of original series would appeal to the target demographic of today without some kind of update to the titular character. How his change in circumstances will play out in the new movie is something we’ll have to wait to see, but it seems the film is readying itself for a redemption story of sorts.
As for DiCaprio, his interest in the project is not surprising. The actor is a noted environmentalist who has spoken about climate change in front of the United Nations, as well as utilizing his Oscar acceptance speech to draw attention to the subject. The film, regardless of how different it may be from the series, will still likely tackle the ramifications of pollution, which is a cause near to DiCaprio’s heart. There are so far no indications that either Powell or DiCaprio would star in the project, but perhaps a cameo of sorts would be in order.
Screen Rant will keep you updated with more news regarding the Captain Planet film as it develops.
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October 18, 2016
New Star Wars Character Doctor Aphra Gets Solo Series!!
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The Darth Vader comic series from writer Kieron Gillen was a lot of fun, and one of the best things about it was the new character Doctor Aphra. Fans clamored for more when Vader ended, and now Marvel has responded.
The comic publisher has announced a new ongoing series called Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, which will follow the character who stole every panel she popped up in during Darth Vader. Gillen will be sticking around for the further adventures of Doctor Aphra (which is awesome). This is significant because it marks the first ongoing Star Wars series focused on an original character introduced in the comics (in the new continuity). It’s a big step for Marvel’s Star Wars comic strategy, and shows the studio is nimble enough to branch into new areas as fan interest shores up.
“What I wanted to do was show what makes Aphra tick,” Gillen told StarWars.com. “That’s the work I feel I’ve got to do with the character, and that kind of push and pull she has between the stuff she does, which is good and bad”.
According to Marvel, the series will follow Aphra following her escape from Vader. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 by her side, Aphra sets off in search of rare artifacts from across the galaxy (while also hiding out from Vader). It’ll be a straight-up adventure series, following Aphra’s archaeological missions while also keeping her a step ahead of the Empire while on the run.
The first issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra is slated to hit comic store shelves in December.
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