Last summer, just as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was arriving in theaters, news emerged that director Michael Bay would produce and maybe direct an adaptation of the James Frey/Joby Hughes young adult novel “I Am Number Four,” the first in a series of six planned books about an alien in hiding on Earth — Ohio, to be precise — while forces unknown hunt him.
Two months later, it was revealed that Al Gough and Miles Millar, creators of TV’s “Smallville,” had been hired to adapt the book into a usable script. The latest word is that Bay won’t be directing; if I had to guess, it’s because he’s busy with the next “Transformers” movie. D.J. Caruso will step in to take the reins instead,The Hollywood Reporter reveals.
Caruso is a DreamWorks favorite, for his work on “Disturbia” and “Eagle Eye.” Bay will still produce of course, which ought to help out the newly hired director as this is his first foray into feature-length science fiction.