Cartoon Net plans second 'Ben 10' flick


Cartoon Network is moving forward with a live-action/CGI telefilm based on its animated series "Ben 10: Alien Force," tapping Alex Winter to direct and John Turman to write the script.

The movie follows November's live-action movie "Ben 10: Race Against Time," which Winter also directed. That telefilm was based on the original "Ben 10" series, in which 10-year-old Ben Tennyson found a watchlike device that allowed him to transform into different alien life forms, each with its own unique powers.

"Alien Force" will be based on the network's second animated "Ben 10" series, where Ben is now a teenager and has discovered the ability to transform into a new set of aliens. The show debuted in April as the network's most-watched original series premiere among kids 6-11.

Winter also will executive produce "Alien Force," which Cartoon chief content officer Rob Sorcher said will be a "visually brilliant film." The movie is in preproduction, with casting under way at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank.

Winteris repped by APA and Evolution. Turman is with APA and Circle of Confusion. (partialdiff)