‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ as the old saying goes. And the union of Michael Bay and DreamWorks is definitely working just fine.
With the Transformers sequel presently racking up big (big!) money, director Michael Bay and DreamWorks have decided to keep the money train rolling, the creative train, too, with a deal to preemptively purchase the film rights to I Am Number Four, an unpublished science fiction book.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bay would be on board to produce and maybe direct.
The studio would not confirm the author or authors of the sci-fi book, which is part of a ‘planned six-volume series purportedly co-written by “A Million Little Pieces” author James Frey.’
You might recall it was Fray who was taken behind the proverbial woodshed on national TV by Oprah Winfrey after it was learned he tweaked the facts in his memoir of addiction.
Still, hopping aboard the Bay-DreamWorks train for what looks to be a fairly big project is not a bad way to bounce back from the wrath of Oprah.
The WME agency had been supposedly keeping the author of the series on a short leash, shopping the project under a pseudonym.
The I Am Number Four narrative centers on nine alien teens trying to fit into high school on Earth after their planet is destroyed. The fourth of the group discovers that the enemy is now after him on Earth.
According to the Hollywood Reporter report, Bay really liked the concept, liked it enough to bring it to his cohorts at DreamWorks, namely, Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg, with whom he made Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Hey, why not? Revenge of the Fallen has nabbed $169 million worldwide in its first two days of release.
What do you think about this Sci-Fi project from the Michael Bay/DreamWorks team?