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Is 'I Am No. 4' the Next 'Twilight'?

Posted by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM
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 Is 'I Am No. 4' the Next 'Twilight'?

by: Jonathan Crow

The folks at DreamWorks are clearly hoping that impatient twi-hards will flock to see "I Am Number Four" with the same obsessive zeal as they did with Stephanie Meyer's tales. The first full-length trailer for the film just came out. Check it out at -

As you can see, the movie is about an alien who happens to take the form of a young, golden-haired hunk played by Alex Pettyfer. While his sequentially-numbered brethren have been knocked off by a shadowy band of Nosferatu-like villains in exotic locations like Malaysia and Kenya, Four has holed up in America's heartland. There he attends high school; falls for Sarah, a young lass with great teeth; and tries to not look like an alien. That latter part proves to be difficult when his extraterrestrial powers, like lightning shooting out of his hands, begin to manifest. As the bad guys start to close in, in steps Number Six, who just happens to look a lot like Four's high school sweetheart except with superpowers and with handy sword skills.

The parallels between this flick and the "Twilight" series are pretty hard to miss. The male lead is a brooding otherworldly dude torn between love and his duties to his clan. And while he might not get sparkly when in sunlight, Four can shoot sparks from his hands. His love interest, Glee's Dianne Agron, is a rebellious teenager who frequently finds herself in trouble. There's high school angst, longing looks, and fair amount of running and leaping through the woods. There's even promise of a love triangle, though this time it's a supernatural guy caught in a love triangle between two women instead of a normal girl torn by the affections of two supernatural (and frequently shirtless) dudes.

The movie is based on the first of a reportedly six-part series co-authored by none other than disgraced memoirist and Oprah-foe James Frey along with Jobie Hughes. Hollywood was interested in the novel even before it was published. Michael Bay brought the manuscript to Steven Spielberg who quickly optioned it. Both A-list filmmakers are producers for the flick. Bay protégé D.J. Caruso, who helmed "Disturbia" and "Eagle Eye," directs. That's a lot of Tinsel town clout behind a book that hasn't proved itself in the marketplace.

It remains to be seen if the movie will be a hit, much less a box-office favorite franchise on par with "Twilight," but clearly the titans of Hollywood are betting on Number 4.

"I Am Number Four" opens everywhere on February 18.

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by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM
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by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Should be interesting....not sure about the "next Twilight" though...

by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 1:53 PM

I did not see the Twilight series... 

by on Dec. 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM

The title of the film is kinda dumb, but the movie itself looks iteresting. I'm sure my daughter will want me to take her to it. Not a Twilight substitute speaking as a "Twi-hard"bat.

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