January 20, 2010 / 11:00 AM / 9 years ago

"Disturbia" director counts on "Four"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Disturbia” director D.J. Caruso is on board to shoot “I Am Number Four,” DreamWorks’ adaptation of the upcoming young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Joby Hughes.

“Four” revolves 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.

HarperCollins Children’s Books is publishing the book, which would be the first in a series of six, this fall.

DreamWorks picked up film rights in June, with Michael Bay attached to produce and possibly direct. Bay remains on board as a producer.

“Smallville” creators Al Gough and Miles Millar wrote the screenplay.

Caruso’s credits include the Columbia thrillers “Disturbia” and “Eagle Eye.” It is unclear whether “Four” will be the director’s next go project as he also is developing “The Art of Making Money,” about counterfeiter Art Williams, for Paramount.

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