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Looks like the beloved action figure brand will be (finally) be getting the tv series treatment! In what sounds like a fun take on the character, the show will involve live action and CGI. Following the adventures of a boy named Kyle who discovers the 12 inch action figure in his attic. Meant to be an action comedy, we’ll get a bit of fish-out-of-water meets the reluctant hero as Captain Action is still stuck in the 60s and Kyle may not be so keen on operative training.
From the press release:
Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced its partnership with LA-based Atomic Toybox Entertainment headed by four-time Emmy nominee Michael Polis, on the new forthcoming Captain Action series.
Based on the successful 1960’s action figure brand, the new series will bring Captain Action, his arch nemesis Dr Evil and other extraordinary characters to the screen for the first time in an action comedy series aimed at 6-11 year olds. The 11 minute episodes will be shot with children in a live action world and Captain Action and other action figures in CG and effects.
CAKE and Atomic Toybox have brought on board John Derevlany (Legends of Chima, Nexo Knights, Endangered Species) as lead writer and are in discussions with potential toy partners as well as studios. New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures, who have a first look agreement with Atomic Toybox on properties for kids’ television, are cited as the front runner on the studio side. The intention is to produce 52 episodes.
In the new series, Captain Action is reactivated after almost 50 years when a young boy discovers him packed away in his attic. At only 12-inches tall and still stuck in the analogue world of the 1960’s, our impassioned duty-bound operative is intent on training a reluctant Kyle to become the next generation of action hero in this coming-of-age tale of small heroes and big adventures.
Captain Action first burst onto the scene in the 1960’s making his mark as the world’s first superhero ‘Action Figure’, created by Stan Weston (G.I. Joe). Spawning numerous successful lines of action figures, Captain Action quickly expanded beyond toy shelves, conquering the world of comics, collectibles and related merchandise and has enjoyed a recent resurgence with further entertainment and licensing initiatives planned across multiple media platforms.