News briefs: Smallville guys do film; Paranormal 2 date

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker, Beastly) is in talks to play the lead character in DreamWorks Studios' teen sci-fi movie I am Number Four, to be produced by Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg and directed by D.J. Caruso from a script by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (TV's Smallville), based on the book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, about a group of nine Earthbound aliens who escaped their planet just before it was destroyed by a rival species, Variety reported.

Director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) has signed a long-term deal to make stop-motion features for Disney/Pixar, Variety reported; he will work from the Bay Area, where he plans to write and direct features based on both original ideas and literary properties.

Paramount has slated an Oct. 22 release date for Paranormal Activity 2, which pits the sequel directly against Saw VII 3D, Variety reported.

Former Brothers & Sisters show runners Monica Breen and Alison Schapker have joined the staff of Fox's Fringe, reuniting them with J.J. Abrams, with whom they worked on Alias and Lost, according to The Hollywood Reporter; the show was just picked up for a third season.

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