Deal signed for live-action “Captain Planet” movie

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Cap­tain Planet

Car­toon Net­work has signed a devel­op­ment agree­ment with action-adventure pro­ducer Don Mur­phy and part­ner Susan Mont­ford and their com­pany Angry Film­works to develop a live-action motion pic­ture based on ground­break­ing, environment-saving ani­mated hero Cap­tain Planet And The Plan­e­teers, Stu­art Sny­der, pres­i­dent and COO of Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem Inc.‘s Ani­ma­tion, Young Adults and Kids Media divi­sion, announced Tuesday.

The agree­ment gives Mur­phy and his com­pany the exclu­sive rights to develop and pack­age the prop­erty and advance it towards production.

Mur­phy and Angry Film­works are most notably cred­ited for the highly suc­cess­ful action-adventure fran­chise Trans­form­ers (2007), Trans­form­ers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Mur­phy and Mont­ford together pro­duced the upcom­ing Hugh Jack­man film Real Steel with exec­u­tive pro­ducer Steven Spielberg.

The com­pany also is respon­si­ble for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Nat­ural Born Killers (1994).

The mes­sages of Cap­tain Planet are even more rel­e­vant today,” said Sny­der. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a pow­er­ful motion pic­ture that is not only per­ti­nent, but entertaining.”

We are extremely excited about bring­ing the good Cap­tain back to life,” said Mur­phy. “His adven­tures are known world­wide, and he is rec­og­nized across gen­er­a­tions. We expect to make a spec­tac­u­lar series of films with the amaz­ing team at Car­toon Network.”

With the earth­quakes, tor­na­does, melt­ing ice­bergs and all the other prob­lems threat­en­ing the world right now, Earth really needs her great­est defender,” said Montford.

In an effort to inform younger view­ers about seri­ous envi­ron­men­tal issues, leg­endary cable entre­pre­neur Ted Turner part­nered with DIC Enter­prises in 1990 to cre­ate the world’s first ani­mated envi­ron­men­tal series, Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers. The series was about a group of young peo­ple who com­bine their spe­cial pow­ers (The Plan­e­teers) to sum­mon Cap­tain Planet, an envi­ron­men­tal super­hero, to bat­tle the world’s worst eco-villains.

Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers pre­miered in fall 1990, air­ing domes­ti­cally and inter­na­tion­ally in syn­di­ca­tion and on cable net­works TBS and TNT. Six full sea­sons (includ­ing Hanna-Barbera’s 1993–96 incar­na­tion The New Adven­tures of Cap­tain Planet) were pro­duced in the orig­i­nal run of the series.

The show fea­tured the voice tal­ents of mul­ti­ple guest celebri­ties, includ­ing Whoopi Gold­berg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Mar­tin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hog­gish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plun­der), Dean Stock­well (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Win­ning mul­ti­ple Envi­ron­men­tal Media Awards across its pro­duc­tion, Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers also scored sev­eral Day­time Emmy nominations.

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