Albert Torres to Write Live-Action BEN 10 Movie; Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko to Adapt Comic TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN

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Producer Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes) announced development on a live-action Ben 10 feature film last summer.  Variety reports that Silver has now set Albert Torres to work on the script.  Torres’ single produced credit, the indie drama Henry Poole Is Here, does not necessarily link him to the Cartoon Network source material about “a boy who can transform into 10 different alien creatures with the help of a glovelike device called the Omnitrix.”  But Torres gained experience adapting sci-fi cartoons as one of the writers who worked on the live-action Akira script.  Andrew Rona and Steve Richards of Dark Castle are also producing.  The project is expected to land at Silver’s studio home, Warner Bros.  I imagine a director will come on board soon, followed by the ever tricky process of casting young ones.

Hit the jump for details on Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko‘s gig adapting the comic Too Cool to Be Forgotten.

Too Cool to Be Forgotten comes from the mind of Alex Robinson, and centers on a 40-year-old man who undergoes hypnosis to quit smoking, and finds himself transported back to his 15-year-old body in 1985.  Russo and Sosenko are new to the scene as a writing duo.  They are credited on the script for Movie 43, the comedic anthology set up by the Farrelly brothers.

Here is the press release with all the details:
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 30, 2012 — Writing duo Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko have signed on to adapt Too Cool To Be Forgotten, a graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions. Red Crown Productions’ Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Daniel Crown are producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. Stefanie Azpiazu and Riva Marker will be executive producers on the film. The project came out of Likely Story’s first look deal with Top Shelf Comix that was negotiated in 2009, when media entrepreneur John S. Johnson invested in the company.

The story revolves around family man Andy Wicks who goes to a hypnosis clinic to break a 25-year smoking habit. While mocking the session as “mumbo jumbo,” he is suddenly transformed into his 15-year-old self back in 1985. With his 40-something mind still intact, and convinced that he is just experiencing a hypnosis-induced brain state, he is nonetheless forced to relive the horrors of algebra class, visits to the principal, elaborate social hierarchies, and, of course, intense sexual frustration. Is he doomed to relive the mistakes of his past, or can he revise history to finally get things right in his life?

Bregman commented “Too Cool To Be Forgotten is a story that demonstrates that comic books can be as profound and moving as they can be funny and entertaining, and that is exactly what this team hopes to replicate on the screen.”

Cartoonist, Alex Robinson, whose previous works Box Office Poison and Tricked brought him critical acclaim, was praised for his publication, Too Cool To Be Forgotten, which earned him the Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Novel.

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  • Aurora Vampiris

    Wasn’t Ben 10 already used to make two live-action films for Cartoon Network?

  • Steven

    The Omnitrix isn’t a glove, per se, it’s more like a henshin used by Japanese Sentai heroes. Ben 10 may be more widely known than Speed Racer to today’s kids, but I sense the same problems occurring. Most fans are going to be much older and expecting something along the lines of the Transformers movies. I’d try making the film darker, try to get a PG13 rating and attract 10-and-up folks that might prefer to check out Iron Man 3 instead. We’re looking at even more money being poured into this movie, and you can’t just rely on kids to turn out for a tentpole movie franchise.

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