It’s already been dancing around the edges of live action with a live-action adaptation of Ben 10 and other shows that blur the line between live action and animation, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Cartoon Network now has over a dozen live action projects in development for later this year, with plans calling for a full night of live-action programming in 2010.
Writers on the projects include animation and comic book alum Paul Dini, David Titcher, and Mike Werb among others. All the coing projects are described by CN Chief Content Office Rob Sorcher as being teenage boy wish fulfillment, and are clearly aimed at the teen/tween boy demographic that seems to be difficult to capture, but of tremendous interest to content producers (see Disney Reworks Toon Disney as Disney XD).
The lineup of projects in development include (from THR):
"Crypto Tapes," written by Dean Batali and produced by Mark Wolper; "Hoops," written by David Aaron Cohen and produced by Rick Karo; "Advanced Placement," written by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier and produced by the Yari Film Group; and "Privateer," written by Georg Geiger and produced by Joe Broido/Porchlight. Another project, "Necessary Evil," is based on the comic book series. The series' writers are Max Burnett, Chris Borelli and Jonathan Davis; the co-producers are H2F Entertainment and Objective Entertainment.
Other projects in development include "Prep," Dini's tale of teenagers at a mysterious school; an untitled project from Werb described as an urban adventure; the Eric Kaplan-penned "Rebels," about teenagers battling an alien invasion; "Jackers," written by Carleton Eastlake, about body-switching crime fighters; "Racer," from writer Sandy Isaac, about racing with a teen spin; "Wired," by Kira Snyder, about technology-enhanced teen agents; and Ethlie Ann Vare's "Redline," about a teenager with a high-tech vehicle. Also in the pipeline are "Marked Man" from Hans Beimler and "Countdown" from Edgar Lyall.
These series join other live-action movies in development, including "Scooby-Doo: The Beginning" due this fall, and "Ben 10: Alien Force," a sequel to the previous movie.
Sorcher said that the apparent push on live action does not mean that Cartoon Network is pulling back on animation. The new line of programs was described as something that will “compliment” the animated content airing on the network.