Last June it was announced that Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver were to develop a big screen take on the hugely popular children’s superhero property Ben 10, and while we’ve heard very little since, Duncan Rouleau and Steven Seagle – two members of Man of Action Studios, the team behind Ben 10 and the new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon – have briefly updated the status of the project in an interview with MTV Splash Page.
“We’ve met with Silver a couple of times but it’s very early in the development stages to really discuss it any further than that. Other than we are also equally as excited by the prospects,” said Rouleau, while his colleague Seagle provided a little more insight: “It’s a live action film as far as we know… They’ve commissioned a script, which is exciting and we had a lot of cool conversations with Joel Silver the time we met with him about even which version it’ll be, what aliens kids like, and it’s super fun. But it’s super early, so not a lot has been firmly decided.”
Ben 10 centres on a young boy called Ben Tennyson, who finds an alien device that enables him to transform into 10 extra-terrestrial species and soon takes to fighting evil with his new-found powers. The original show launched in 2008 and has since spawned the follow-up animated series Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the animated features Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix and Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, and two live-action movies released direct-to-video Ben 10: Race Against Time and Ben 10: Alien Swarm – both of which were directed by Bill from Bill & Ted (a.k.a. Alex Winter).
The Ben 10 franchise has proven immensely popular with its target audience, shifting over 100 million toys with global retails sales exceeding $2 billion. Given that Harry Potter has drawn to a close and the ‘epic conclusion’ to the current Batman series is looming with the release of The Dark Knight Rises this summer, Warners are bound to be looking at Ben 10 as a potential franchise-filler. It’s certainly in capable hands with Joel Silver – whose producing credits range from Die Hard to The Matrix and Sherlock Holmes – and while it may not have the same kind of appeal as Potter or the Dark Knight to adults, it’s sure to be a mega-hit with the young ‘uns.