Joel Silver Turning Cartoon Network's 'Ben 10' into Live-Action Movie
by Ethan Anderton
June 14, 2011
After bringing such big franchises as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, The Matrix, and the most recent version of Sherlock Holmes to the big screen, super producer Joel Silver and his Silver Pictures banner will next bring something to the big screen for kids. Cartoon Network and Silver Pictures have just announced a deal for a live-action movie that's being adapted from the animated action-adventure series Ben 10. The series, which has been running since January of 2006, follows young Ben Tennyson who discovers a strange wrist watch that allows him to transforms into 10 different aliens with super powers. Every kids dream, right?
With his powers Ben becomes a superhero but still manages to get into some trouble as all kids do. The series has become an international hit being broadcast in 165 countries, so taking this to the big screen will certainly rake in some big bucks at the box office. Silver says, "In 'Ben 10,' Cartoon Network has built a property that is loved across the world. 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." The question is whether or not there are any big name young actors who can take the role, or if a casting call should be made for an unknown to take on the part. Either way, this could be a cool, action-packed family friendly franchise along the lines of Spy Kids. Thoughts?