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DreamWorks, not Paramount, is finishing a deal today to pre-emptively purchase the movie rights to I Am Number Four, an unpublished science fiction book, for Michael Bay to produce and possibly direct.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?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
I like alien movies, with Bay behind the wheel the action should be sweet....lets just not talk about script and acting in Bay movies anymore its just irrelevant after T2.
Cody on Jun 26, 2009
Sounds pretty generic to me. Need more info to be considered a fresh new take on alien life on earth type of movie.
mr sol on Jun 26, 2009
Cody, I 2nd that, shit I've been saying it the past few years already lol
Blue & Orange NY on Jun 26, 2009
sounds awful. but transformers is awful to me as well...........so i guess someone will like this.
dan on Jun 26, 2009
It sounds like it could be interesting. Until you hear that teens are involved and michael bay is directing. They better get some good teen actors and not turn it into some shitty teen drama science fiction movie. but i know this is what will happen
Dan W on Jun 26, 2009
Sounds fucking sweet. Michael Bay + Aliens + the bored American Public = a killer 2.5 hours. Anyone who argues takes themselves way too seriously.
pbk on Jun 26, 2009
Baller concept, the more people chill out and just learn to enjoy Michael Bay the better. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who understands box office revenue drivers any better.
pbk on Jun 26, 2009
Already done by television's ROSWELL.
R. on Jun 27, 2009
Sounds like Twilight with aliens
jesse heiman on Jun 27, 2009
Bay and Spielberg, i am in for this.
Fisherr on Jun 27, 2009
It was just announced to be planned for filming in Pittsburgh, PA area. The exact location of shooting not announced yet. They should film it in Murrysville, which is 22 miles east of Pittsburgh and is a REAL UFO HOTSPOT. How cool would that be to have REAL aliens in an alien movie?
geekstress on Apr 8, 2010
It was just announced to be planned for filming in Pittsburgh, PA area. The exact location of shooting not announced yet. They should film it in Murrysville, which is 22 miles east of Pittsburgh and is a REAL UFO HOTSPOT. How cool would that be to have REAL aliens in an alien movie? Read more: http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/06/26/dreamworks-picks-up-i-am-number-four-for-michael-bay/#ixzz0nIL6cOij They are going to shot it at Franklin Regional! I'm so excited
Stephen on May 7, 2010
I've just read the book. (I work in a book shop and received a proof from the publisher) It's a brilliant book. I think it will translate really well on film.
Rae on May 31, 2010
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