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PR: Alex Winter to Direct Live-Action Ben 10: Alien Force for Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network announced today that Alex Winter will return to direct and executive-produce the latest live-action installment in its wildly successful Ben 10 franchise and that film and television writer John Turman has come on board to pen the script. Winter directed Cartoon Network’s first Ben 10 live-action movie, Ben 10: Race Against Time, which scored over 13 million viewers during its Thanksgiving weekend premiere in 2007.

Based on the animated series, Ben 10: Alien Force, the live-action/CGI Alien Force movie is now in pre-production, with casting and development currently underway at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, Calif.

“The success of Ben 10 is a testament to powerful storytelling and our multi-format approach to the brand,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “With Alex Winter at the helm and John Turman writing, we’ll deliver a visually brilliant film that takes this winning franchise to an exciting new level.”

“The last movie was enormous fun to make,” added Winter. “We were all very happy with its success and look forward to making an even bigger and better one this time around.”

Alex Winter is known as an actor for his role in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. He co-created and starred in the hit MTV series The Idiot Box and the underground cult classic and critically acclaimed feature film Freaked. He has spent the last several years working directing music videos and commercials in the U.S. and England. Winter is currently writing Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, a re-imagining of the 1979 film for producer Howard Stern. He is represented by APA and Evolution Entertainment.

John Turman began his film career as an illustrator and storyboard artist. He has written for television series and on a number of motion picture adaptations of comic books, including Iron Fist, Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Hulk. Turman is represented by APA and Circle of Confusion.

The original Ben 10 series premiered on Cartoon Network in January 2006 and has consistently been the network’s #1 show on Saturday mornings. Along with the new animated series, Ben 10 has also spawned a tremendously successful toy and video game line as well as two hit television movies.

The animated Ben 10: Alien Force series premiered in April 2008 and set all-new records as the most-watched original series premiere in Cartoon Network history among kids 6-11. Ben 10: Alien Force continues the Ben 10 saga, five years later when 15-year-old Ben Tennyson chooses to once again put on the OMNITRIX and discovers that it has reconfigured his DNA and can now transform him into 10 brand new aliens. Along with his super-powered cousin Gwen Tennyson and his equally powerful former enemy Kevin Levin, Ben joins forces with other young heroes to save the galaxy and his Grandpa Max.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in nearly 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., Headline News, CNN International and CNN.com; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Peachtree TV and Turner Sports; and Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim.

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