Michael Bay to produce, possibly direct DW pic

DreamWorks has set “Smallville” alums Al Gough and Miles Millar to pen “I Am Number Four,” the screen adaptation of the James Frey and Jobie Hughes novel.

Michael Bay will produce and possibly direct the pic. Chris Bender and JC Spink of BenderSpink will be executive producers.

HarperCollins Children’s Books is publishing the book, about a group of nine aliens who flee to Earth, disguised as teenagers, when their home planet is destroyed.

Gough and Millar created the long-running WB/CW drama series “Smallville,” and their feature scripting credits include “Spider-Man 2″ and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” They most recently produced “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and are producing “Quartermain” for DreamWorks.

The studio acquired “I Am Number Four” just as Bay’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” began its record-breaking opening weekend (Daily Variety, June 29). The book deal put Bay back in business with DreamWorks principals Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, who were instrumental in the development of the “Transformers” franchise. DreamWorks co-presidents Holly Bario and Mark Sourian will steer the potential franchise.

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