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A new adaptation of James Frey and Jobie Hughes’s 2010 young adult novel “I Am Number Four” is reportedly in early development.

Frey was recently out promoting his work on the just finished second season of DreamWorks Animation’s “Fright Krewe” and SFF Gazette asked him if anything was happening with the “I Am Number Four” IP. Frey reportedly responded:

“Neal Moritz is producing a version of it that was written by the original writers, [Alfred Gough] and [Miles Millar], who just made ‘Wednesday’. So, we are in process on it and I can’t say whether it will actually ever get made or not, but I have great people I’m working with who are trying to make it happen, for sure.”

The story follows a teenage alien named John Smith who was one of nine children sent to Earth to escape invading Mogadorians who are hunting down their race. The teen has also developed powers.

The nine aliens can only be killed in sequence with the first three already dead, leading to Smith being the next target.

The property was previously adapted onto film in 2011 starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer and Kevin Durand. That version was directed by D. J. Caruso, produced by Michael Bay and penned by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Marti Noxon.

The film scored negative reviews all round, but made $149.9 million box office from a reported $50 million budget. What form this new version will take isn’t clear, but it’s likely aiming to replicate the success Disney recently had with its “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” TV series.

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