12:11pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Ben 10' Reboot in the Works at Cartoon Network
Ben 10 is returning to Cartoon Network.
The Turner-owned kid-centered cabler has ordered a new animated series based on the global hit that will now have spawned four series spinoffs and three TV movies.
From original series hails from original creators Man of Action — Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle — and Cartoon Network Studios. It will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2016 and in North America in 2017. John Fang (Generation Rex) will serve as a supervising producer alongside the Man of Action team.
The new show will re-introduce 10-year-old Ben Tennyson and feature new and fan-favorite aliens from the initial series. The show kicks off with the adventures of Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max as they travel the country during summer vacation. When Ben finds the mysterious Omnitrix, a world of alien superpowers opens up to him.
"We decided it was time to introduce Ben to a new generation of kids," Cartoon Network chief content officer Rob Sorcher said Monday in a release announcing the series pickup. “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.”
Ben 10 originally premiered in January 2006 and went on to spawn three animated series (Ben 10 Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse), one animated movie (Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix), and two live-action movies (Ben 10: Race Against Time, Ben 10: Alien Swarm). The franchise has become a global brand with toys, video games and more generating an estimated $4.5 billion in global retail sales to date.
Reboots and spinoffs continue to be in high demand as both broadcast and cable networks look for proven commodities to cut through the clutter amid increased competition.