‘Ben 10′ Live-Action Film Snags ‘Akira’ Co-Writer

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:56 pm,

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The Matrix and Sherlock Holmes series producer Joel Silver has his eye on transforming Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 toon property into a big-budgeted, live-action blockbuster – partly, in the hopes that this venture proves more lucrative than the last colorful cartoon adaptation he backed (ie. the Wachowski’s Speed Racer movie).

Silver became involved with the Ben 10 project in Summer 2011, but has yet to officially secure a distributor for the project – though, Warner Bros. is a very likely candidate, given the studio’s history with the man behind (seemingly) every other action-heavy tentpole pic released over the past decade.

Variety has confirmed that Albert Torres will script the big screen live-action treatment of Ben 10, which is being produced by Silver, along with Steve Richards (Dungeons & Dragons, The Book of Eli) and Andrew Rona (Equilibrium, The Losers). Suffice it to say, that team boasts numerous noteworthy hits and misses, as far as their collective filmography goes.

Torres, by comparison, has only one official credit on his writing resume, in the form of the 2008 indie dramedy Henry Poole is Here. However, he’s also been responsible for doing a re-write on the controversial Akira live-action adaptation that is struggling to climb out of development limbo (at the time of writing this).

In other words, Torres does have writing experience in the sci-fi/action genre, but there’s little more to be said about his “qualifications” for handling this sort of property (for now).

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'Ben 10' is headed for the big screen

Ben 10 is a series created by the “Man of Action” group (ie. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle) that revolves around a cocky and immature 10-year-old boy named Ben Tennyson, who battles a variety of extraterrestrial baddies with the help of the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix – a watch-like wrist attachment which allows young Ben to transform into different super-powered aliens.

The original Ben 10 animated series premiered in late 2005 and aired on through to Spring 2008. It eventually inspired two TV show spinoffs (subtitled Alien Force and Ultimate Alien) as well as a fourth (Omniverse) due to hit the small screen by late 2012. Ben 10 has also been adapted into multiple TV movies, including two live-action features (Race Against Time and Alien Swarm).

That’s all to say: Ben 10 is a pretty popular, kid-friendly sci-fi franchise title that seems to lend itself to an effect-driven Hollywood adaptation. Whether or not the folks in Tinseltown will do justice by the original show, of course, is another matter…

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We will keep you updated on the status of Ben 10 as more information is released.

Source: Variety

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  1. Ben 10 is my 7 year old sons favorite show. He has liked it since before he could even talk. I hope they do this and do it right because the potential is huge. I know he and I will be in line to check it out if/when it happens.

  2. Hasn’t there been two live action movies of ben-10 already? I wonder if this version will start from the begin while he is still a child before he finds the Omnitrix.

    • Both of those live action adaptations are low budget made for tv films. They had bad acting and horrendous scripting. I have watched most episodes of this show and it definitely has the potential to be amazing. I just hope it doesn’t get messed up because I’ve been kinda hoping for a while that this would become a film.

      • But it had Lee Majors!!!!!

        :D

  3. This is awesome news I haven’t missed many episodes it would be so cool to sergeant blast, wild vine, and diamond head on the big screen

  4. My brother enjoys this show very much so I really hope they do a great film!

  5. This will definitely give a dose of seriousness to the show and will bring higher level of quality.

  6. FOR ANYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THE “BEN 10″ MOVIE…..

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Donot take this lightly or screw it up. If the script doesn’t move fast enough to keep the attention of kids under 12 then DONT DO IT!!! Please don’t let this be a “The Last Airbender” movie bomb.

    It is such a great series and loved by so many…My 16 yr old stepson, My 4 yr old son and my(45+)self included. You have a HUGE loyal fan base already built in…Play to your audience and you will have a guaranteed winner!

    Do this right and you will be a hero…”…It’s herotime!”

  7. i have loved the show since it first apeared on cartoonnetwork when i was eight. please take care of one of my favorite charactors. ben sits right between marty macfly and doctor who.

  8. I guess the show about ben 10 dropped in popularity. I can tell that by the traffic of my gaming website. Kids turned to mobile mobile world, they don’t sit much in front of a TV or PC anymore…

  9. Ben 10 rules! On the show, I kinda wish they would stop trying to show the original Ben. But only because they keep screwing the art of the character up. In other words, I wish they would stop doing 10 year old Ben on newer cartoon adaptions like Ben 10 Omniverse because they aren’t using the original design from the original Ben 10 television series. As for the movie, I am glad they are doing another live action adaption of the character. As long as they pick the right actors. Still, I kinda wish it would be a t.v movie like the others, that way I don’t have to listen to losers who say Ben 10 doesn’t deserve a live action movie because he is a kid,(or something silly like that). I kinda hope it’ll take place in the same world as the other live action movies. Preferably after the events of “Ben 10 Race Against Time”, and before “Ben 10 Alien Swarm”. With young Ben living out the rest of his school year after beating Eon. And having to fight another villain for him to face off with unbeknownst to his classmates and family. Probably let Alex Winter direct it again. Weird slot on the movie timeline because of the Alien Swarm movie. But yeah, prior to the events of “Ben 10 Race Against Time”, but before the events of “Ben 10 Alien Swarm”. Oh, and I kinda wanted to see how other aliens out of Ben’s arsenal would look live action that they didn’t show in “Ben 10 Race Against Time”. I would say use the actors from “Ben 10 Race Against Time”, but by now they are probably all older.(I know, no duh right?) But maybe after this, they could use the actors from “Ben 10 Race Against Time” for a live action Ben 10 Ultimate Alien movie since they are all old enough for the parts. And because “Ben 10 Alien Swarm” was the live action adaption of Ben 10 Alien Force.