Variety reports that Joel Silver, producer on the 2008 live-action Speed Racer, is on board to mastermind a live-action feature film based on Cartoon Network's Ben 10 sci-fi franchise. They add that the project has signed Albert Torres, a writer on the recently scuttled live-action Akira adaptation, for the script. Cartoon Network parent Warner Bros. would distribute the film, which is hoped to be the first of a new movie franchise.
"I think we have to try something fresh and go at it in a way that stays true to the original material," Silver said. "I have a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old, so it's somewhere between them."
"I tried to do (something similar) with Speed Racer and failed miserably," he said. "You always learn more from the ones that don't work than the ones that do work."
Producer Steve Richards said that the bigscreen version of Ben 10 would be completely recast from the character's previous live-action incarnations, and that the producers want to go as big as possible with the project.
"We really see this as a large, big-budgeted tentpole movie," Richards said.