It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the film adaptation of I Am Number Four. The last time we checked, Michael Bay was set to produce and possibly direct the sci-fi film, but according to THR that’s not the case. DJ Caruso, the man behind Eagle Eye and Disturbia will take on directing duties instead.
Even though Caruso will be behind the camera, Bay is still on board as one of the producers. I Am Number Four is based on the James Frey book of the same name, and yes it’s the same James Frey who got called out for embellishing stories in his memoir. I Am Number Four is a young adult, science fiction novel that centers on “a group of nine aliens who escaped their home planet just before it was annihilated by a rival species. Hiding out on Earth, the title character disguises himself as a human high schooler, only to discover he is being hunted still by his planet’s enemy.”
What’s interesting about this deal is the fact that the book hasn’t been released yet. Harper-Collins will publish it this fall and expect it to be the first in a series of six novels. That means if the first movie is successful we could have a whole franchise on our hands similar to Harry Potter. The story sounds decent, and Caruso is an OK director, but anything that comes from James Frey’s mind worries me.
What do you think about DJ Caruso directing I Am Number Four?