I Am Number Four Sequel: “Shelved”

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I know this is a very bad and heart-breaking news for us Lorics but we should know these all. Based on our research, “I Am Number Four” screenwriter Marti Noxon says plans for a sequel to the film look to have been shelved for the time being. She told Collider.com, “I think that that’s on the back burner. The last I heard, they were shelving that idea for now. But, you never know. Sometimes the afterlife of movies burns brightly. They can certainly bring it back.”

“But, right now, I don’t think there’s any immediate plans. My only real regret about that is that Number Six was really awesome and I would have liked to have seen a lot more of her. We need another kick-ass girl heroine.” ─ Marti Noxon

I Am Number Four‘s first weekend was significantly worse than Jumper‘s $32.1 million as well as Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief‘s $38.7 million, and neither of those movies spawned sequels.

Unfortunately, the I Am Number Four movie was listed in the Top 10 Recently Cancelled Sequels : Not Coming Soon! of MoviHole.net. Here’s what they’ve said:

Once proposed to be the next ‘Twilight’ – it too was based on a series of young-adult novels – D.J Caruso’s “I Am Number Four” sadly failed to impress the studio and the punters, leaving those once imminent sequel plans to gather dust in a vault somewhere. Screenwriter Marti Noxon (“Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”) told Collider in 2011 that she’s disappointed there won’t be a follow-up, if only because Teresa Palmer did a great job in the first. “My only real regret about that is that Number Six was really awesome and I would have liked to have seen a lot more of her. We need another kick-ass girl heroine.”

We’ll present the movie databases’ critic scores and user scores:

Movie Database Critic Scores User Scores  Webpage
Metacritic.com 36/100 6/10 VIEW
IMDb.com 36/100 6.1/10 VIEW
RottenTomatoes.com 4.8/10 3.4/5 VIEW

Then read an interview of Number Six (Teresa Palmer) brought to you by HeroComplex:

Teresa Palmer is Number Six in

Teresa Palmer is Number Six in “I Am Number Four”

PKD: Does “I Am Number Four” have a fan base? Have you heard from them?

TP: Oh yeah! I mean the whole reason I started on Twitter [was that] I was meeting so many people who were fans of the movie and the books and they wanted to ask questions. Then someone suggested I get on Twitter. So what I’ve been doing is that every now and then I’ll do a Q&A on Twitter. But the majority of the questions are about the film and Number Six and the sequels. People have really embraced the movie, which is exciting.

PKD: Do you get lots of questions about the mythology behind “I Am Number Four”?

TP: About the Mogadorians? Yes, I get those kind of questions on Twitter, which are really scary. They’re these people who have read the book five or six times, and they’re so in the know. They know more about it than I do, and they ask very, very specific questions. You don’t want to give them the wrong answers, so it can be daunting as well. It’s really nice to have that interaction with the fans and hear how passionate how they are.

PKD: So no one ever sat you down and gave you a primer on the Mogadorians?

TP: No, we were never really given a huge lecture on where we come from or what the planet’s about. We were just given a book and told “Read this. You guys can figure it out.” I didn’t want to be swayed by the book in any way, since I knew there some difference between the book and the script. So I decided to not read the book until after I’d finished shooting the movie. So it’s only been recently that I learned more about Number Six after I’d already completed doing the movie.

PKD: You signed on for three of these movies?

TP: I think that’s standard procedure in Hollywood. You sign on for three in case the first one makes money. For us, I think the film was relatively successful, and people seem to like it. The fans on Twitter have been asking for a sequel, and I don’t know if there is a sequel planned. But if there is, I’d certainly love to play this character again. There’s so much more I’d love to explore with her. She’s very enigmatic and mysterious in this film. You don’t really know if she’s one of the good guys or the bad guys. It would almost be a tragedy to leave it unfinished. So I hope they get it together and make a sequel.

PKD: Can’t you call Michael Bay and ask him about the sequel?

TP: Yeah, I’ve got Michael Bay on the speed dial. [Laughs] No, I don’t. I don’t know how much input Michael will have in whether or not this goes to a sequel. It just depends on if it makes money on DVD sales and the accumulation of people’s interest. If there’s enough, then I’m sure there will be a sequel. But either way, I had such an amazing time making this movie. And if it’s just the one, I’m so blessed to be a part of it.

James Frey co-wrote the book “I Am Number Four” under a pseudonym. (Vroman’s Bookstore)

PKD: There were a lot of bigwigs behind this movie: Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, James Frey. Were they all hanging around during the making of the movie?

TP: I met Spielberg for the first time at the premiere. He was calling me Number Six. He was very sweet and very humble and down to earth. Unaffected by his great level of fame and success. Michael Bay I’ve known for a couple of years now. He was shooting his own movie while we were shooting “Number Four.” He was making the latest “Transformers,” so he wasn’t around. But James came to set. And he hung out and he pitched us the idea for the second book and definitely had a say in the film. He’s obviously seriously talented.

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17 thoughts on “I Am Number Four Sequel: “Shelved”

  • I enjoyed the movie. A second one wherein their powers were more out in the open could’ve been fun. The fight scenes featuring Four and Six teaming up were fun.

  • Sorry to say this but I didn’t like the movie that much and the characters did not actually portray what I expected them to be. Oh well. Nonetheless, I love the series and everything about it. I really enjoy this book but not its movie adaptation.

  • Been waiting for a while for this sequel. I thought it was a great movie, original and well written with good action.. just think studios are too focused on the main stream super hero hype movies now to consider this another go.

  • I just rented the DVD and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I never heard about the books, but certainly would have liked to learn more about the development 4 through 10 and if Sam finds his father. Also what is in the box. As much as I hated the bad guys, the head badguy was comic and scary which is hard to do.

  • I’ve been waiting so long for I am number four sequel I’m starting to get mad and read the books which kill movies for me. There is so much more to these movies I wanna see the other powers including the bad guys, what happened to malcolm is he still alive, the planet 9 come from, how the great battle began and so much more. I haven’t even started on the graphics, fight seens, and characters like sizzla hot john smith. Anyway I’m running out of room I’m just saying can the producers hurry this up bring out number 2

  • I just got done watching the movie again n pissed cuz I want to see a sequel even my girlfriend like it and it was her first time seeing it. If yawl need a # five in the cast I can play the role lol. But really gotta make a sequel!

  • They should have another. Great movie,well written! There are alot of people that want to see a second.please bring out another.

  • Ah! Ditto for your guys’ comments! I would absolutely love to see a sequel, maybe as I can agree with Philippine Loric Leader, a TV Series of this might actually be hecticly awesome. I so hope that at least the next one would give us a background into the Lorien Magodorian wars. And then who the 9 were cos that would be great. Anyways Heres hoping to at least a sequel. And to be honest there is always too much in the books to include it all into the movies so I don’t mind them leaving bits out but then they should try and make each book into a movie.

  • This is what i hate seeing company’s making movies based of books and just stopping at the 1st one most of them don’t get that this is there 1st take on trying to get into the head of what the guy was thinking wen making the book what they should honestly do is step back a step ready the book learn the story as good as they can and do the best you can in writing a script.

  • Plz I request u to make the sequel of this movie…because this movie is still incomplete because we don’t know whether that guy’s father is alive or not…and it’s not fair to keep a movie incomplete..so I request the producers of this movie to make second part of this movie.
    Thank you

  • Well for me, I want them to REMAKE I AM NUMBER FOUR MOVIE. The movie wasn’t that good. The story of the movie wasn’t the same as the story of the book. It made me furious when I watched the movie. I was disappointed. They need to remake the movie, theey need to follow the story of the book.

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