Nasty doings at Cartoon Network

Adaptation Yourgrau's horror book series in works

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 book series.

"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. There's such great opportunities with the types of special effects and the CGI we can use; with the production values now, we can take it to the next level and do things that the first generation of 'Goosebumps' couldn't do."

"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.

Worldwide Biggies' credits include Nickelodeon's "The Naked Brothers Band" and Spike TV's "Video Game Awards," which Hecht created during his tenure as the network's president.