By Dave Campbell | June 29, 2009
DreamWorks has acquired screen rights to I Am Number Four, the first in a six-book science fiction series. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay has signed on to produce. Sources are reporting to Variety that DreamWorks is in the middle of a high six-figure deal to also get Bay to direct the picture. After the record breaking weekend and first five days of release for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, DreamWorks is eager to keep Mr. Bay happy.
I Am Number Four is about a group of nine earthbound alien teens who escaped their planet just before it was destroyed by a hostile species. While the high school-aged kids assimilate, the title character discovers that he is being hunted by the enemy that blew up his planet.
The identity of one of the two authors was being shopped under a pseudonym, but sources said the writer’s true name is James Frey. Frey is best known for writing A Million Little Pieces which was an overnight sensation after he appeared on Oprah. Fans and Lady O herself turned sour after it was discovered that he embellished event’s that took place in the book.
This production will put Bay right back to work with Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider, and the DreamWorks family. Steven Spielberg is expected to have a similar background role in production as he had with the Transformers films.
Expect to see ghetto robots, explosions, humping dogs, explosions, girls bending over, explosions, robots humping girls, explosions, yelling, and explosions…never mind, that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.