Cartoon Net draws on comics for movies

Developing 'Firebreather,' 'Vanishers,' 'Mice Templar'

Cartoon Network is developing movies based on the comic book titles "Firebreather," "The Vanishers" and "Mice Templar."

"Firebreather," created by Phil Hester, and "Mice," by Mike Avon Oeming and Bryan Glass, will be developed as animated movies, while "Vanishers," created by Chuck Dixon, will be produced as a live-action movie.

"Firebreather," from Image Comics, tells the story of awkward teenager Duncan Rosenblatt, a typical high school kid except that his dad is a fire-breathing dragon, and Duncan's destiny is to protect Earth. The movie will be executive produced by Julia Pistor, with Hester and Andy Kuhn serving as co-exec producers. Jim Kreig is the writer.

"Mice" is an epic about a young mouse named Karic and the prophecy that leads him to reunite the long-disbanded order of the Mice Templar, a group of mice knights.

"Vanishers," from IDW Publishing, centers on fifth-graders Andy and Arvis and their time-traveling adventures as they seek to protect humanity from deadly robots who want to take control of time itself. The movie will be exec produced by Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs and David Alpert and IDW president Ted Adams.

Cartoon vp longform Ramsey Naito said the network is looking to expand its movie slate with "cinematic-quality CG and live action."

"As we bring these and other titles into development, we'll be seeking out projects that combine distinct voices with striking, contemporary visual worlds," Naito added.