Are aliens the new vampires? Harper Collins and DreamWorks certainly hope so, as their upcoming young-adult book (and soon to be movie), I Am Number Four, is about teenage aliens hiding out on Earth. It’s the first book in a planned six book series called the Lorien Legacies, and it has been getting some major buzz. Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive preview of the first nine pages on their Shelf Life blog .
I Am Number Four is a collaboration by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, writing under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore. A Million Little Pieces author Frey is probably best known for lying in his memoir and then getting called out by Oprah on national TV. According to The New York Times , Frey came up with the idea for the series, while Hughes is writing most of the text. This will be Hughes’ debut novel.
Even though the book is out until August 3, the movie adaptation of I Am Number Four is already in the works. It’s being produced by Michael Bay and Steven Speilberg through DreamWorks Studios, and will star Alex Pettyfer as teenage alien John Smith. His human love interest will be played by Dianna Agron from Glee. The movie will also star Jake Abel, Timothy Olyphant, and Kevin Durand. Our friends over at Daemon’s Movies  have more coverage of the I Am Number Four movie.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore will hit bookstores on August 3, 2010. Here’s more information (from the publisher):
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.
I AM NUMBER FOUR is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth.
I AM NUMBER FOUR.
I AM NEXT
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