captain planet, planeteers, movie, leonardo dicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio is known for his environmental advocacy, and that passion apparently extends to fictional properties, too: The Oscar winner is reportedly prepping to produce a big screen adaptation of '90s cartoon "Captain Planet."

The Hollywood Reporter writes that DiCaprio is shepherding the project through his Appian Way production company, and will produce alongside partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran. The flick is being developed at Paramount Pictures, and the screenwriting duo of Jono Matt (a former assistant and production assistant on television series including "Sons of Anarchy" and "Glee," who has two scripts in development) and Glen Powell (the current star of "Scream Queens" and a supporting star in Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some!!") will pen the script.

"Captain Planet and the Planeteers" aired from 1990 to 1992 and focused on the environmentally-friendly titular superhero and his band of Planeteers, a diverse group of teens from around the globe who harnessed the powers of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Heart to assist the Captain. The series was later revived as "The New Adventures of Captain Planet," which ran from 1993 through 1996.

As THR notes, however, this movie project will be a "subversive" take on the familiar material, with the action set "years after the adventures of the show, with the Captain now a washed-up has-been who needs the kids more than they need him." Guess dystopian adaptations of beloved childhood properties are here to stay.

No word yet on when the project expects to get off the ground, or if Powell will also plan on starring. Stay tuned.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
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