DreamWorks Picks Up 'I Am Number Four' for Michael Bay
by Alex Billington
June 26, 2009
DreamWorks, not Paramount, is finishing a deal today to pre-emptively purchase the movie rights to I Am Number Four, an unpublished science fiction book, for Michael Bay to produce and possibly direct. Key word here is possibly. And this doesn't mean that he won't be directing Transformers 3 either, so don't get your hopes up. The book is the first in a planned six-volume series purportedly co-written by "A Million Little Pieces" author James Frey, although WME was shopping the book to studios under a pseudonym. Bay loved the concept and brought it to Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks who snatched it up.
The I Am Number Four story line involves nine alien teens assimilating to high school on Earth after their planet is destroyed by an enemy species. The fourth of the group discovers that the enemy is now after him on Earth. Yep, sounds exactly like a Michael Bay movie, that's for sure. And there are certainly going to be plenty of explosions. Spielberg is expected to be an executive producer and will work closely with Bay on this movie, just as he did on the last two Transformers movies. It's an interesting concept, sure, but I need to know more about it to be convinced it's something we should be keeping a closer eye on. Thoughts?