Cartoon Network Unveils 19 New Projects, Including Peter Chung Feature
* HEAD RUSH (working title): Kids participate as game show contestants playing for cash while riding thrill-inducing amusement park rides.
* DUDE, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN: This series stars three adventurous teens who ask and answer imaginative questions such as, "Dude, what would happen if you attached 350 helium balloons to a sumo wrestler?"
* BOBB'E SAYS: Starring Bobb'e J. Thompson (30 ROCK, HUMAN GIANT), BOBB'E SAYS is a viral video clip show where other people's painful mistakes become tools for Bobb'e as he dispenses sage wisdom to an unsuspecting public.
Live-Action and Animated Original Movies include:
* BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM: Director Alex Winter and writer John Turman (HULK, FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER) team for an all-new, live-action movie based on the hit animated series BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, set to premiere in fall 2009. BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM follows teenage hero Ben Tennyson (Ryan Kelley) as he breaks ranks from the Plumbers, a secret organization that battles alien forces, to help Elena (Alyssa Diaz), a mysterious young woman, uncover an alien threat to our world. Additional cast members include Barry Corbin (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) as Grandpa Max, Galadriel Stineman as Gwen and Nathan Keyes as Kevin.
* SCOOBY DOO! THE MYSTERY BEGINS: Discover the never-before-told story of how a mismatched quartet of teenagers first came together before becoming known as the Mystery Inc. gang. Freddy (Robbie Amell), the school athlete; Velma (Hayley Kiyoko), the science fair-winning brainiac; Daphne (Kate Melton), the drama beauty; Shaggy (Nick Palatas), the misfit; and Shaggy's newly adopted dog, Scooby Doo, are forced to band together to clear their names. SCOOBY DOO! THE MYSTERY BEGINS, a Cartoon Network co-production with Warner Premiere and directed by Brian Levant (SNOW DOGS, THE FLINTSTONES), is slated to premiere in fall 2009.
* FIREBREATHER: Cartoon Network's first original all-CG animation adventure presents Duncan Rosenblatt, a rather typical, awkward high school kid, except that his dad is a fire-breathing dragon and he is destined to protect the earth. Created and co-exec produced by Phil Hester (THE WRETCH), FIREBREATHER is exec produced by Julia Pistor (LEMONY SNICKET) and co-exec produced by Andy Kuhn (FREEDOM RING) -- Jim Kreig (BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE) joins as writer. Peter Chung (AEON FLUX) is attached to direct.
* TIGER'S APPRENTICE: The best-selling young adult book by Lawrence Yep will be brought to life in a live-action movie. Tom Lee, a teenager suddenly orphaned, is put under the protection of Mr. Hu, a mystical tiger who can take human form. Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) is attached to serve as exec producer/director, Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee (FINDING NEVERLAND) adapted the book and Jane Startz (TUCK EVERLASTING, INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD) serves as exec producer.
Scripted Live-Action Pilots
* UNNATURAL HISTORY (working title): An blend of science, Western culture, Eastern philosophy and martial arts, UNNATURAL HISTORY is an urban adventure series centered around Henry Griffin, a teenager with exceptional skills acquired through years of globe-trotting with his anthropologist parents. But Henry faces his biggest challenge of all when he moves back to America to attend a high school stranger than any place he's ever lived before. Created and written by Mike Werb (FACE/OFF, THE MASK); the pilot will be produced in association with Warner Horizon Television Inc.
* PREPPED (working title): A rebellious teen wakes up one morning to find himself trapped at a mysterious prep school that offers no escape. He forms a secret group to discover what they're being trained for and how to escape. The pilot is exec produced and written by Paul Dini (LOST, BATMAN BEYOND).
Returning Animated Series include:
* STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, CHOWDER, THE MARVELOUS MISADVENTURES OF FLAPJACK, THE SECRET SATURDAYS, and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD.