Leonardo DiCaprio in talks to produce Captain Planet movie

Captain Planet could be making a comeback thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio.
Captain Planet could be making a comeback thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Having finally bagged that Oscar this year for his role in The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio is ready to save the planet – Captain Planet, that is.

His production company Appian Way, and Paramount Pictures, are in talks to bring the 90s television series Captain Planet and The Planeteers to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Everybody Wants Some!! star Glen Powell and Doctor Dolittle writer Jono Matt, are in discussions to pen the screenplay.

The hit series, which ran from September 1990 to December 1992, told the story of five teens from around the globe who were given magical rings:







When their powers combined, the five ring bearers summoned Captain Planet, our hero, who takes pollution down to zero.

A sequel series, The New Adventures of Captain Planet, ran until 1996.

Should Paramount secure the rights, the film will pick up years after the series left off. Captain Planet, is now a washed-up hero, The Hollywood Reporter advises, who needs the five youngsters more than they need him.

And it seems the original Captain Planet, David Coburn – who replaced original pick Tom Cruise – is keen to be a part of it, too.

"Captain Planet is the greatest job I ever had as an actor," Coburn, told Heat Vision. "It's the only job I've ever had that did any real good for anybody. I'm constantly amazed and humbled by those who were affected."

And if Coburn can't play Captain Planet, he thinks DiCaprio will make a good second choice. "There's nobody better to play Captain Planet than Leo. Well there's me, then there's Leo," he said.

And because we know you've got the song in your head – sing along for old times' sake.