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Sony Plans 'Captain Planet and the Planeteers' Feature

Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Susan Montford are producing the film adaptation of the 1990s TV series.

Environmental cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers is getting the big-screen treatment, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

Sony Pictures is in final negotiations to pick up the rights to the early 1990s series for an adaptation to be produced by Mark Gordon, Don Murphy and Susan Montford.

The show was produced by Turner Broadcasting and DIC Entertainment, known for Inspector Gadget and The Real Ghostbusters animated series.

Captain Planet told the story of five teens from around the world -- North America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America  -- who are given powers by Gaia, the earth spirit, in order to protect the planet from the devastation of polluters.

When their powers are not enough, the teens combine to summon a superhero named Captain Planet.

The Captain and the Planeteers fought villains such as Dr. Blight, Verminous Skumm, Duke Nukem and Looten Plunder.  A movie adaptation attempted to take form in the 1990s but only reached the script stage. Murphy and Montford developed a live-action series with Cartoon Network in the late 2000s but it never took root.

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.