DreamWorks is working to acquire the screen rights to a series of science fiction novels. They are paying a pretty penny for the new franchise about a group of aliens; they are supposedly paying a six-figure number to attain the screen rights. The first novel, I Am Number Four is set to be produced, and possibly directed, by Transformers Michael Bay. The fun part about this story have to do with the authors of the series; one of the authors is James Frey, who wrote the controversial novel, A Million Little Pieces. Although the agency nor the studio has confirmed this, sources say that it is, in fact, true.

The new franchise 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.” FilmDrunk discusses the plot a bit more…

The protagonist is 15. The rival race of aliens are from the planet Mogadore. They destroyed Lorien in order to strip the planet of its natural resources because Mogadore was dying, and still is, and they followed the Loric to Earth to finish the job. The Loric develop their “Legacies” (special powers) around their fifteenth year. This first book is a kind of love story. At its core it’s a type of father/son alone in the world, always moving to stay alive story, a lá The Road.

I am not really sure what to make out of this; I am not really a huge science fiction fan, so I can’t get super excited about a new series. Hopefully it turns out better than Transformers 2. I never read James Frey’s book, but I do remember the controversy surrounding him. I do hope that this works out well for him, it might help him recover some of his credibility.

What do you think?

Source: Variety and AntiCool