Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I am Number Four: David Caruso on John Smith's Origins

In the video below, director David Caruso talks about the origins of John Smith, the main character of the new movie I am Number Four, a Dreamworks production.

Looks like we science fiction and fantasy fans might have an adrenaline-rush movie to see next month.

I am Number Four, release date February 18, stars Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Argon of Glee. I also glimpse in the trailer Timothy Olyphant, who I love in the TV show Justified. Hot! Hot! Hot!

From the Dreamworks site comes this synopsis:
Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
The movie is based on a book of the same name by Pittacus Lore. Booklist says:
Is Pittacus Lore a pseudonym? An introduction suggests that Lore is 10,000 years old and hails from the planet Lorien, so I'm going with yes. This fun bit of business is indicative of the book's commitment to its premise: 10 years ago, nine children fled war-ravaged Lorien and landed on Earth along with their adult teachers. As they mature, each child develops powers called Legacies, which help them fight the evil Mogadarians. The Nine can only be killed in order—and Number Three just bit it. That leaves Number Four: John Smith. At least, that's his latest alias, as he and his guardian, Henri, flee to a new town for the umpteenth time. There John encounters bullies, falls in love, and begins to, you know, move things with his mind. Though the finale bogs down in a cluttered monster battle, everything else is terrifically propulsive. Meanwhile, the backstory (Loriens are given credit for everything from Greek gods to the Loch Ness Monster) deserves the next story that Lore is surely concocting in his/her/its spacecraft right now. Grades 9-12.
Now that might be a Young Adult book for me to pick up. Below is one of the movie's trailers.

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