It's been nearly two years since we first learned that the long-rumored "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" movie was actually being thrown into development. At the time, Ted Turner's Cartoon Network announced a partnership with producer Don Murphy to take the early-90s animated environmental series and adapt it for the silver screen. Murphy, along with his partner Susan Montford, are the same team that successfully took the "Transformers" franchise from cartoon to live-action blockbuster.
“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” said partner Susan Montford.
And then - silence. One can only assume that work was started on a treatment that, as of yesterday, was finally polished enough to catch the eye of Sony Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is in final negotiations to bring the blue-skinned superhero and his five planeteers (wielding magical rings that control fire, wind, water, earth, and of course, heart) to theaters.
Related on MNN: Captain Planet returns to destroy humanity (Video)
In addition to the feature-length "Captain Planet" animated film that was scrapped in 1997, THR reveals the interesting fact that both Murphy and Montford developed a live-action series with Cartoon Network in the late 2000s that also was dropped. It will be interesting to hear what, if anything, from that failed effort makes it into the film.
For anyone interested, you can watch MNN's exclusive behind-the-scenes video of treatments from the first failed "Captain Planet" film below.