Alex Pettyfer

Earlier this week we learned that Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker and Beastly star Alex Pettyfer was in talks to play the lead character in Dreamworks’ Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed teen sci-fi alien adaptation I Am Number 4. And today Disney has launched an official Facebook page for the film, which includes a release date:

February 18th 2011 — less than a year away?

Seems a bit soon, right? If true, the film is going head to head with Jonathan Liebesman’s alien invasion war film Battle: Los Angeles, which by the way, has been in post production since late last year.
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Alex Pettyfer in I Am Number 4

Alex Pettyfer

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker and Beastly star Alex Pettyfer is in talks to play the lead character in Dreamworks’ Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed teen sci-fi alien adaptation I Am Number 4.

The screenplay adaptation was written by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, which kind of makes sense if you think about it (teenage aliens that fall from space to earth?). Caruso is of course the director responsible for Taking Lives, The Salton Sea, Two for the Money and more recently, Disturbia and Eagle Eye. Bay has previously been developing the project as a potential directing gig.
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Just after the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Dreamworks bought the rights to a new science fiction series of novels, potentially to be developed as a project for Michael Bay to direct. (He’s also producing.) Now writers have been hired to adapt the first book, I Am Number 4: Al Gough and Miles Millar got the gig. If their names sound familiar it’s because they created Smallville. Makes sense that the guys who made an alien’s high school adventures popular would be given the chance to do it again on a bigger canvas. Read More »

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