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Joel Silver's BEN 10 gets a writer

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with a bit of cool news via VARIETY. Joel Silver's Silver Pictures has brought on Albert Torres to help script the new BEN 10 flick. Torres is fresh off the now dead AKIRA movie and wrote HENRY POOL IS HERE. The film's based on the popular Cartoon Network TV show about a boy (Ben Tennyson) who finds an alien wrist watch that allows him to transform into 10 different kind of alien creatures. It's one of the biggest cartoons out right now with toys, coloring books, and all of that jazz... Of course I'm still scratching my head that they're making this film in the first place. There's already two live action BEN 10 flicks, one from 2007 and one from 2009 (both directed by none other than Alex fucking Winter), so who knows. I'll be curious to see how Torres's version compares to that flick.


The film's scheduled to come out some time in 2013.


- Mike McCutchen




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  • Jan. 30, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by SupermanIsMyGod


  • Jan. 30, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    What about Ben 1-9?

    by F-18

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by Steve Evans

    At least the Ben 10 has been around the block enough to warrant a reboot. I think 2013 sounds about right to reignite the property. I look forward to it.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    So is this like LEONARD PART 6?

    by Jet Jaguar

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    i wouldve loved this show as a kid

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...fucking kids these days with their shows actually having a storyline...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Well, the previous two movies were terrible.

    by Chuck

    So hopefully they'll get it right this time. The question is, which series are they basing it off of? I'm assuming the original (which I didn't particularly care for), but I think Alien Force would be the better way to go.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by Matt Goodman

    dont care

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Actually Not A Bad Idea

    by THX1968

    Cartoon Network puts out some very high quality, engaging, funny programming. Ben 10 is excellent entertainment, especially for the crucial young boy to tweens market. It's heavily influenced by classic comics, particularly the Jack Kirby Marvel stuff. There's "Kirby Crackle" all over the place and I can dig that. I'm not familiar with the previous Ben 10 films, but I'm sure they are severely limited compared to what a Silver production would be. Could be a fine way to spend a few hours a few years from now.

  • Jokes on me because I found some. Dang. That was gross.

  • but now I will not. Science needs to invent brain soap before the internet fucks us all up.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    This could be the greatest movie since Masters of the Universe!

    by Artemis Webb

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Will the sequel feature cameos by Spinal Tap?

    by lv_426

    Their amps do go to 11 after all.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Supermarch, you crack me up.

    by bubcus

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Alex Winter directed those?

    by MooseMalloy


  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Dwayne McDuffie

    by MrMajestic

    Well I hope this movie will be good if only for McDuffie's legacy.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by Rob

    My 6 year old son is obsessed with the cartoon, and all the toys. He'll be pleased. I, on the other hand, would rather staple my eyelids shit, than have to sit through this.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Ugh - Part 2

    by Rob

    Ha. I meant shut... not shit. But somehow my typo is completely appropriate.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    -- majestic: Had forgotten about McDuffie's involvement with BEN 10

    by MooseMalloy

    A man who was possibly murdered by a "negligent" Doctor.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    More hot action, romance and thrills than Ben 9!!!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by Muldoon

    That just made my day dude.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    It'll be all for the kids

    by cheekerpot

    but Ben10 sure has some awesome alien designs. Google TN perkins deviantart page, he has some great concept art of all the alien hybrids!

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Have to admit I kind of like that show

    by baronweazle

    My nephew used to watch it all the time. so I often watched it along with him. Even saw the films by Alex Winter, which given their budget, weren't even that bad either. So I guess I'm kinda looking forward to this version.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    by korahn

    The two movies were made for TV - so low budget and pretty meh. A big screen adaptation could be pretty sweet, Although you KNOW it's going to be an origin story.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 5:40 a.m. CST

    When I was five, I lived for that show.

    by Jackson

    Then i was soooo excited for alien force to come out but then i realized it was total crap. So were the two movies so I hope this film has more original Ben 10

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    So it's like...

    by buggerbugger

    ...Jason 10, but without the whole "hockey-masked killer wakes up in the 25th century and hacks his way through the crew of a spaceship" thing? Well, where's the fun in that?!

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    jackowacko1055 how old are you 10?

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Didn't this show come out like 5 years ago? Or was it 5 years ago 5 years ago? I have no idea what im doing with my life.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Hate this franchise

    by CartoonFanboy

    Of all the undeservedly successful action-adventure animation franchises, Ben 10 may be the worst. From the totally uninteresting concept to the obnoxious main character, there is very little - if anything - of worth to be found in this series. Though it technically has a story, this show is about as close as you'll get nowadays to the egregious 1980s merchandise driven cartoons (which probably explains its success). I still can't believe someone as talented as Dwayne McDuffie even wanted to work on this program (money was probably too good to pass up I guess). Kids love it though, so unless Hollywood totally botches the film like they did with "The Last Airbener" (which actually had good source material) the Ben 10 movie will probably see a mild enough box office return to spark talks of making sequels.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    never seen the show.

    by Richard

    but played one of the games with my son. and he got one of the movies on Netflix. which I didn't watch with him. but, it could be an interesting movie, I suppose, with a bigger budget. all the aliens and crap would take alot of CGI, which, I'm told, was the downfall of the other movies; not a big enough budget to give much screentime to the aliens. One another note: is it really that much more to do practical effects than CGI? not many movies do puppetwork/animatronics anymore, it's sad. then again, the last movie I remember using extensive practical effects for a "creature" was League of Extraordinary Gentlemen... :\ then again, The Two Towers used an animatronic Treebeard head, which was awesome (not to mention PJ used alot of miniatures and prosthetics rather than CGing everything...) , and all the Jurassic Parks used animatronics successfully.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST

    at what point does he start driving Speed Buggy?

    by durhay

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    It's gotta be better then the Winters movies.

    by Phategod2

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    jackowhacko1055 -- if you're 12, avoid TBs

    by Larry Sellers

    don't become cynical that young. Ben 10 is a neat show that actually reminds of the stuff I was into from 4-12. It's fun, not filled with nonsequiturs, and OKAY I FUCKING WATCH IT SOMETIMES WHATEVER SHUT UP

  • Loved that show as a kid. It could never be a cartoon today though. Not so thinly veiled racism. Nazis, Commies, and twelve year old kids that actually killed people. In a couple of episodes they even laugh after doing away with a few henchmen. Those were the days.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Great show for the young ones..

    by professor murder

    My 5 year old is so obsessed with Ben 10. I think its only rival that even comes close with his interest is Pokemon. I hated, absolutely HATED, the original Ben10. The stories were stupid, the animation was ugly, and(the kicker) Ben and his cousin Gwen were complete BRATS. It was so annoying to listen to them bicker all of the time. Once Alien Force came out, new(and much better) aliens were introduced, Ben had reached his mid-teens and matured a lot, and the toys were actually cool to try and collect for my boy. The games are really fun for him too. I know that if I was in elementary school right now, Ben 10 would definitely be something I'd be into. Having followed the newest series(Ultimate Alien), I've found the cartoon kind of creative and smarter than most of the other 'gaggy & ADD' toons they put on the air. The movies are another story though. The first Ben10 movie was terrible and the second one was only OK. A larger budget would serve this series well in a movie, because....well, it's all about the aliens and destruction(or trying to stop it). This has my thumbs up. What can it hurt? Watching Ben 10 type shows and playing wii with my boy are always good times.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    It's decent scoff

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Dang autocorrect

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Decent starter scifi. And a nice nod to the Venture Bros snuck in

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Alex Winter is awesome

    by Transhuman

    I sort of want to watch those Ben 10 movies now