We’ve covered I Am Number Four quite a bit, in part because it was originally rumored as a directorial gig for Michael Bay. Then DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) signed on, as did Sharlto Copley from District 9. Copely had to drop out and was replaced by Timothy Olyphant, and Alex Pettyfer took the title role.
Now there’s a trailer for the film, teasing the idea of a super-powered kid on the run. Read More »
While I was sitting around waiting to get into the panel for The Goon on Friday, I noticed a little card with a printed QR barcode on one side and a shape that looked vaguely like the UbiSoft logo on the other. Then I remembered that I’d installed a barcode scanner on my phone, and found that scanning the code pointed me to a URL containing a little behind the scenes fluff video for DJ Caruso‘s I Am Number Four, which is currently in production. Read More »
Will Jesse Eisenberg reunite with his Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer in the latter’s upcoming film 30 Minutes or Less? That’s the suggestion of a Production Weekly print report (via The Playlist) which links the actor to the film, which already has Aziz Ansari in the cast.
Eisenberg and Ansari would be friends Will and Chet, who have a falling out before Will falls in with criminal types Danny McBride, Nick Swardson and Michael Pena, who forcibly recruit him for a crime. Sounds a bit like Pineapple Express (which The Playlist notes) and it’s easy to see Fleischer bringing his Zombieland energy to the story. I’ve read the first thirty pages of the script, and there’s some very funny stuff for Eisenberg, Ansari and the rest of the cast to dig into.
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Earlier today it was reported that District 9 star Sharlto Copley was forced to drop out of the Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed adaptation of James Frey and Jobie Hughes‘s teen sci-fi alien book I Am Number Four due to “scheduling conflicts with his upcoming press obligations for Fox’s The A-Team.”
As we all know, “scheduling conflicts” is more often then not public relations coverup for some sort of behind the scenes problem, and this might be no exception.
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A bit of bad news: District 9 star Sharlto Copley is leaving Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed adaptation of James Frey and Jobie Hughes‘s teen sci-fi alien book I Am Number Four. Variety reports that he is being replaced by Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard, Hitman, Justified). Copley had to bow out due to “scheduling conflicts with his upcoming press obligations for Fox’s The A-Team.”
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Kevin Durand is in talks to join two DreamWorks sci-fi action films:
- Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed adaptation of James Frey and Jobie Hughes‘s teen sci-fi alien book I Am Number Four
- Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel
Durand played bad guy Martin Keamy in Season 6 of Lost, Joshua on the Show Dark Angel, and has hard parts in Walking Tall, Smokin’ Aces, Wild Hogs, 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Legion, and recently played Little John in Robin Hood. More details on both projects after the jump.
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The film adaptation of I Am Number Four, the first book in a sci-fi novel series co-authored by James Frey, became a big deal pretty fast. First it was because the film was rumored to be set up as a project for Michael Bay to produce and, possibly, direct.
Then DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) was tapped to direct, with Bay and Steven Spielberg producing. Actors have steadily been added to the film, and now we’ve got one more: Dianna Agron, who has had insane exposure in the last year thanks to her role on Glee. Read More »
Teresa Palmer has become the newest go-to good looking actress for geek film properties. The Australian actress had a small role in The Grudge 2, but had her big break in the Adam Sandler family comedy Bedtime Stories. She’s one of the leads in Disney’s upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer-produced fantasy adventure The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and is in preproduction on Mad Max: Fury Road. And lets not forget, she was attached to star in the George Miller-directed Justice League of America movie, which has since been abandoned.
Her latest gig is a science fiction adaptation: the Dreamworks’ Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed teen sci-fi alien adaptation I Am Number Four.
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Sharlto Copley, better known as the star of District 9 and the upcoming A-Team big screen movie adaptation, is in talks to star in Dreamworks’ Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed teen sci-fi alien adaptation I Am Number Four.
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Director D.J. Caruso has come a long way since his days of directing television shows like VR 5, Martial Law, and most notably, The Shield. His latest feature, Eagle Eye, was such a complete mess of a film (reviewed here on the /Filmcast) that it made me dread any potential project that he was attached to for some time. Now THR’s Heat Vision blog is reporting that Caruso is attached to direct an adaptation of James Frey (he of the A Million Little Pieces scandal) and Joby Hughe’s upcoming young adult sci-fi novel, I Am Number Four.
The plot centers around “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.” The script comes courtesy of Al Gough and Miles Millar, creators of TV’s Smallville.
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