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Joel Silver’s Ben 10 big-budget movie going ahead and gets a writer?

January 31st, 2012 by Marc Comments


Joel Silver is developing a Ben 10 live action movie with Warner Bros apparently interested in distributing, according to Variety.

Presumably, unlike the 2 previous live-action Ben 10 movies, this will be distributed theatrically with Silver’s eye on a franchise scenario.

Silver is saying that he is a fan of the show ever since his sons tuned into the series. As a father of a five-year-old boy and as big a fan of Ben Tennyson as my boy, I must say this is exciting news…

Ben 10 follows a young boy who, while on a summer trip with his granpa Max and cousin Gwen, comes across an alien watch, the Omnitrix, that allows him to turn into ten alien creatures. As the series develops Ben assembles a host of support characters and villians that would rival any superhero. And on top of that, the writing and animation are ace. If the movie can maintain the quality there’s no reason it won’t be a hit, not to mention the massive inbuilt audience.

“I cannot think of anyone better suited than Joel Silver to develop a theatrical action-driven adventure based on our franchise Ben 10,” said Stu Snyder, chief operating officer of Turner’s animation, young adults and kids media division, the guys behind the show.

Dark Castle’s Steve Richards (who has signed on to produce with fellow shingle co-prexy Andrew Rona and Silver) said: “We really see this as a large, big-budgeted tentpole movie.”

The latest rumour is that the movie will have Albert Torres scripting, Torres has written Henry Pool is Here and was working on the now dead Akira live-action project.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….