ByDamien Darhk, writer at Creators.co
Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old boy, discovers a magical device that can turn him into 10 different alien heroes, each with its own unique abilities. With this newfound power, Ben, Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen help others and stop evildoers - but that doesn't mean he doesn't cause some superpowered kid mischief once and a while.Loosely based on the '60s comic book series, "Dial H for Hero".
Ben Tennyson, a 10-year-old boy, discovers a magical device that can turn him into 10 different alien heroes, each with its own unique abilities. With this newfound power, Ben, Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen help others and stop evildoers - but that doesn't mean he doesn't cause some superpowered kid mischief once and a while.Loosely based on the '60s comic book series, "Dial H for Hero".

Ben 10 is an American animated TV series and media franchise created by "Man of Action" (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle) and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

1.) It's spanned 4 spin-off shows and 3 movies within the last 10 years.

This series was followed-up by three sequel series called Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Ben 10: Omniverse.

Ben 10 lasted for 4 seasons with a total of 49 episodes. 3 movies and 9 shorts were also aired.


Alien Force
Alien Force

Ultimate Alien

Omniverse

2.) The show just announced it's fifth series and a silver screen movie.

“Ben 10″ is returning to for an all-new animated series on Cartoon Network in fall 2016.

“We decided it was time to introduce Ben to a new generation of kids,” Cartoon Network Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher said. “’Ben 10′ has been an overwhelming success story across all media platforms, and we know kids around the world will be eager to see the reinvention of this beloved character.”

Produced by Cartoon Network and Man of Action, the new series will re\introduce 10-year-old Ben Tennyson as he travels the country with Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen during summer vacation. But when Ben discovers the mysterious Omnitrix, a device that allows him to transform into any one of 10 alien heroes.Debuting in 2005, “Ben 10″ has already inspired three TV sequels and five films.

A feature film based on the TV show centered on Ben Tennyson, a boy who can transform into 10 different alien creatures with the help of a device called the Omnitrix. Writers: Ryan Engle (screenplay), Albert Torres (earlier screenplay)
A feature film based on the TV show centered on Ben Tennyson, a boy who can transform into 10 different alien creatures with the help of a device called the Omnitrix. Writers: Ryan Engle (screenplay), Albert Torres (earlier screenplay)

The Matrix and Sherlock Holmes series producer Joel Silver has his eye on transforming Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 cartoon property into a big-budgeted, live-action blockbuster – partly, in the hopes that this venture proves more lucrative than the last colorful cartoon adaptation he backed (i.e. the Wachowski’s Speed Racer movie).

Silver became involved with the Ben 10 project in Summer 2011, but has yet to officially secure a distributor for the project – though, Warner Bros. is a very likely candidate, given the studio’s history with the man behind (seemingly) every other action-heavy tent pole pic released over the past decade.

Torres, by comparison, has only one official credit on his writing resume, in the form of the 2008 indie drama/Comedy Henry Poole is Here. However, he’s also been responsible for doing a re-write on the controversial Akira live-action adaptation that is struggling to climb out of development limbo (at the time of writing this).

In other words, Torres does have writing experience in the sci-fi/action genre, but there’s little more to be said about his “qualifications” for handling this sort of property (for now).

That’s all to say: Ben 10 is a pretty popular, kid-friendly sci-fi franchise title that seems to lend itself to an effect-driven Hollywood adaptation. Whether or not the folks in Tinseltown will do justice by the original show, of course, is another matter…

3.) It's publishing

Idea and Design Works (IDW) was formed in 1999 by a group of entertainment executives and artists that included Ted Adams, Robbie Robbins, Alex Garner, and Kris Oprisko to develop products related to video games, movies, TV, collectible card games, comic books and trading cards.IDW Publishing also publishes comics based on the CBS TV franchise CSI. The company's other licensed comics include Topps' Mars Attacks, Sony's Underworld, FX's The Shield, Fox's 24[5] and Angel; Hasbro’s The Transformers (with Takara) and G.I. Joe, Universal’s Land of the Dead and Shaun of the Dead; and Konami’s Silent Hill,[6] Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Speed Racer, and Ben 10.

That’s all to say: Ben 10 is a pretty popular, kid-friendly sci-fi franchise title that seems to lend itself to an effect-driven Hollywood adaptation. Whether or not the folks in Tinseltown will do justice by the original show, of course, is another matter…

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