DreamWorks has brought on their Eagle Eye and Disturbia director D.J. Caruso to helm the studio's adaptation of the upcoming James Frey and Joby Hughes' young-adult science fiction novel, I Am Number Four.
Back in August when we first reported that Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar were to write the now completed screenplay, Michael Bay was attached to produce and possibly direct. Bay will stay on to produce with Benderspink Productions (The Ring, Butterfly Effect).
HarperCollins Children’s Books is publishing the book, which revolves around a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, (in Ohio of all places) the title character disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he is being hunted still by his planet’s enemy.
The book, which would be the first in a series of six, hits shelves this fall. You may remember Frey as the Oprah Book Club enemy Number One, after investigators found out that elements of his memoirs, A Million Little Pieces, turned out to be untrue. I don't know about you guys, but... That. Was. Hilarious. Either way, Pieces and his other fictional book (advertised as so), Bright Shiny Morning, were both best sellers.
Caruso also is developing a film about counterfeiter Art Williams for Paramount titled, The Art of Making Money, which is set to star Chris Pine (Star Trek). It's unclear whether he'll take on that project or I Am Number Four as his next go-to project. He also has adaptations of the Y: The Last Man comic-book and the Dead Space video game in the works.
The book isn't out yet, so what do you think of the plot and of Caruso directing?
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