Nasty doings at Cartoon net


Cartoon Network has teamed with Worldwide Biggies, Albie Hecht's multimedia production company, to adapt Barry Yourgrau's nonfiction children's horror book series "NASTYbook" into a live-action/CGI film.

The deal also calls for Worldwide Biggies to develop a range of Web content based on the books.

"NASTYbook" is described as a world populated by a horrifying, albeit colorful, cast of characters, including an Internet-trolling witch and an alien exchange student. It's said to be in the vein of "The Twilight Zone" but geared toward a young audience, with a scary and mysterious figure serving as a host who comes in and out of the characters' lives in each story.

Cartoon Network vp longform Ramsey Naito is spearheading the project for the channel.

Hecht said he has been an admirer of the book series for some time.

"Barry's weird and suspenseful stories are like a modern-day 'Grimm's Fairy Tales,' " he said. "This is a terrific way to reinvent the horror genre for the younger demographic."

"NASTYbook" joins Cartoon's growing slate of movies in development, including "Tiger's Apprentice"; comic book titles "Firebreather," "The Vanishers" and "Mice Templar"; and a "Ben 10" sequel. (partialdiff)