Stephen Sommers To Direct Odd Thomas?
Looks like Stephen Sommers is looking for a new light horror franchise. The director responsible (and I use this word in the most perjurative sense) for The Mummy and The Mummy Returns – actually that’s probably a bit harsh, at least he didn’t direct the godforsaken Mummy 3 – is now circling Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas novels.
Koontz has been bandying Odd Thomas around Comic Con for a number of years, going so far to say in 2008 that he was pleased with a script and had an unnamed actor willing to star. Looks like it’s been sitting on the shelf waiting to be picked up and Sommers’s involvement is the first serious step forward to it actually getting made.
Odd Thomas is a chef in a California restaurant with the ability to talk to ghosts – so far so familiar. But before you start claiming that Koontz is clambering on the M Night Shyamalan band wagon, it takes a decidedly um…odd twist. The first book is about a catastrophic event looming over the town of Pico Mundo; someone called Fungus Man who has a whole stream of ghosts following him and uh…Elvis. Not your average everyday ho hum fairytale then.
We’re not sure if Sommers is quite the man for the task – his previous projects include Van Helsing and G.I. Joe – hardly the stuff of great cinema but the supernatural elements of Odd Thomas do afford him plenty of opportunity to ramp the CGI up to 11, so it’ll probably old hat to him.
No news as to when this might actually start moving but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know.