Cartoon Network develops live-action Ben 10 flick

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Car­toon Net­work has signed an agree­ment with acclaimed pro­ducer Joel Sil­ver and Sil­ver Pic­tures to develop a live-action motion pic­ture for its glob­ally suc­cess­ful ani­mated action-adventure prop­erty, Ben 10, Stu­art Sny­der, pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem Inc.‘s Ani­ma­tion, Young Adults and Kids Media divi­sion, announced Tuesday.

The movie, which will be pro­duced by Sil­ver, along with Dark Cas­tle Enter­tain­ment co-presidents Steve Richards and Andrew Rona, gives Sil­ver and his pro­duc­tion com­pany exclu­sive rights to develop and pack­age the prop­erty, and to advance it toward a the­atri­cal production.

I can­not think of any­one bet­ter suited than Joel Sil­ver to develop a the­atri­cal action-driven adven­ture based on our Ben 10 fran­chise,” said Sny­der. “As a pro­ducer of mega-hit movie fran­chises like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and The Matrix to the suc­cesses of Sher­lock Holmes and The Book of Eli, Joel has both the pas­sion and movie-making know-how to turn Ben 10 into a spec­tac­u­lar the­atri­cal expe­ri­ence for our fans.”

In Ben 10, Car­toon Net­work has built a prop­erty that is loved across the world,” said Sil­ver. “It has a fun premise with a great lead­ing char­ac­ter that lends itself to the big screen, and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing how we can take it to the next level.”

Cre­ated by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Dun­can Rouleau, Steve Sea­gle), the series — about a boy (Ben Ten­nyson) who dis­cov­ers a strange wrist­watch that allows him to trans­forms into 10 dif­fer­ent aliens with super­pow­ers — pre­miered on Car­toon Net­work in Jan­u­ary 2006 and quickly became a global hit, reach­ing more than 165 coun­tries. With these pow­ers, Ben can play the part of a super­hero, right­ing wrongs, sav­ing the world and get­ting into some old-fashioned kid-style trouble.

A #1 hit for the net­work on Sat­ur­day morn­ings, the Ben 10 saga con­tin­ued to expand as a series, first with Ben 10: Alien Force in April 2008 and then with Ben 10: Ulti­mate Alien in spring 2010, now air­ing on Fri­day nights.

Sil­ver is cred­ited with prac­ti­cally rein­vent­ing the action film genre in the 1980s. In 1985, he formed Sil­ver Pic­tures and con­tin­ued pro­duc­ing hit action films such as Com­mando (1985), the Lethal Weapon fran­chise, the first two films of the Die Hard fran­chise and The Matrix tril­ogy. Recent projects include Sher­lock Holmes (2009), and the upcom­ing films Project X and Logan’s Run.

Ben 10 has also spawned a highly suc­cess­ful and award win­ning global mer­chan­dise line, includ­ing the recent Toy of the Year at the annual BTHA Awards in Lon­don and two live-action movies for tele­vi­sion, which set new rat­ings records for Car­toon Net­work. Ben 10 is the #1 brand for all of Car­toon Net­work in elec­tronic sell-through, which includes iTunes, Xbox, PlaySta­tion and Com­cast on Demand.

Online, the Ben 10 Alien Force Game Cre­ator lets kids build their own Web games and share them with the world. To date, users have posted more than 790 mil­lion game­plays since launch, with more than 6.6 mil­lion games cre­ated by fans. Game Cre­ator recently won the Cable­FAX Best of the Web award in the Games cat­e­gory, and has achieved more than a mil­lion Face­book page fans/likes.

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