Dear Hollywood: Fans have been
clamoring for a Captain Planet movie for years. And given the
political rise of millennial, liberal, socially conscious environmentalists - in
other words, the exact demographic that a Captain Planet movie would
cater to - now would be the perfect time to make it.
Between the overwhelming science concerning climate change and the free 'outrage marketing' that would come from conservative 'eco-denialists', 2020 would be a great year to release such a movie.
Add in the optics of what is termed the 'Greta Thunberg Effect' and how so many people, both climate change deniers and supporters, who have said things like "Children cannot 'lead' us" concerning fixing the ecological state of the world, and it seems as though the reintroduction of Captain Planet could provide a salient contribution to climate discourse. The U.N. Secretary general is quoted as saying that its up to the youth of today to "rescue the planet," and that's just what Captain Planet is all about.
A Captain Planet movie would be just the right thing for the youth to jump into with both feet. So here's six points the production would
need to hit that would let any studio who secures the rights to the
multi-colored hero secure a pretty solid reception.
Author of Escort (Eternal Press, 2015) and developer behind In Over Their Heads, A Desperate Mother's Love, Dynasty Heroes, Rakugo Detective, and It Always Follows.
Currently freelancing as a game developer and history consultant. Also tends to travel the eastern U.S. doing courses on History, Writing, and Japanese Poetry.
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