Joel Silver Developing a Live-Action BEN 10 Movie

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Ben 10 has grown into a massive franchise under my nose.  Since 2005, Cartoon Network has produced a hundred-some episodes of three separate animated series, not to mention one animated and two live-action telepics.  Variety reports Ben is ready to make the leap to his next medium, a live-action theatrical feature.  Joel Silver was tipped off to the property by his young boys, and reportedly sees Ben 10 as a “potential franchise starter.”  Steve Richards and Andrew Rona of Dark Castle will co-produce with Silver — Warner Bros. is in talks for distribution rights. Richards indicated the new feature will recast from any previous live-action iterations.

Read quotes from the filmmakers and background on the Ben 10 story after the break.

ben-10-imageTurner animation COO Stu Snyder lauded the new shepherd of his company’s very valuable television/video game/toy property:

“I cannot think of anyone better suited than Joel Silver to develop a theatrical action-driven adventure based on our franchise Ben 10.”

Silver is not so quick to accept such high praise:

“I tried to do (something similar) with Speed Racer and failed miserably. You always learn more from the ones that don’t work than the ones that do work.”

I am a defender of that film, and continue to believe Speed Racer was a creative success.  But yes, at the box office: total failure.  That doesn’t mean they’re going out of their way to mitigate risk.  Said Richards:

“We really see this as a large, big-budgeted tentpole movie.”

If the movie is based on the first series, it’ll look something like this:

When ten year old Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen, and their grandfather Max are on their summer camping trip, Ben finds an alien pod on the ground. When he examines it he finds a mysterious watch-like device called the Omnitrix. The device permanently attaches itself to his wrist giving him the ability to transform into a variety of alien life-forms each with its own unique powers. Ben soon realizes that he has a responsibility to use his abilities to help others. Along with Gwen and Grandpa Max, Ben embarks on a summer-long adventure to fight evil both extraterrestrial and terrestrial. [Wikipedia]

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  • Strong Enough

    It will be Super 8 with aliens

    • AAA

      There was a Super 8 version without aliens?

      • Strong Enough

        yes it was called The mutha ***** Goonies

  • Rockslide

    Yes please. If done correctly. Not like that abomination of an adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Avatar. Ben 10 is a great series and has the potential for a great big budget film. Don’t bother to watch the two telemovies though, they were quite horrible. Watch the first season instead, but keep in mind that it is aimed at the 8-12 year old crowd. My kid loves it.

  • Errol

    I love Ben 10, all three series of it. I just hope they do it justice. Great potential here if Silver can get the right creative team involved.

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  • Nick

    why? have we run out of original ideas?

  • aaronsullivan

    Love seeing people stand up for Speed Racer. One of my favorite movies to watch with the kids. It stands up to repeat viewings very, very well for us anyway. I have no idea how that movie could have been made into a box office success, though. It really tweaked critics and didn’t look appealing enough to bring people in I guess. Oh, well.

    I don’t know Ben 10 very well, but it seems in an entire other category than Speed Racer. I will say that The Last Airbender movie sure set audiences in the wrong frame of mind for it. The potential in that franchise was huge enough to be what the original Star Wars was for kids. Major missed opportunity.

    Aside: Everyone must give Avatar The Last Airbender animated series a chance. Give it half a season, especially if you have kids.

    • Rockslide

      I hope my comment on Avatar didn’t imply the wrong thing. I actually love the cartoon Avatar. I’ve watched it several times in its entirety. The movie however was quite disappointing. I hope Ben 10 doesn’t follow suit.

      I’m also surprised to find another Speed Racer fan. I loved it too, even knowing that 99% of people hated it. Doesn’t bother me.

      • joe

        watched speed racer blasted on E was a great movie

  • nelson

    super 8 kid for ben 10

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