Stephen Sommers Might Be Adapting Koontz's 'Odd Thomas'
There aren't too many filmmakers who I find as underwhelming and unimpressive as Stephen Sommers. From The Mummy franchise to his recent craptastic adaptation of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I just find no value in his filmmaking even at the most basic level. Therefore I'm not too thrilled with Production Weekly's update (via Twitter) that Sommers is looking to adapt the first novel in Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series. The supernatural mysteries focus on the titular Odd Thomas (who narrates the books almost like a film noir) who lacks ambition working as a fry cook in California but has the gift of seeing and conversing with ghosts.
To continue the book's storyline: Thomas certainly isn't looking to change the world, but he does use his talents to help out the local police chief in solving brutal crimes. The chief, his girlfriend, and an eccentric author friend, are the only ones who know Thomas' secret, but danger is on the horizon. Since Thomas can also see bodachs, malevolent spirits that feast on pain and whose presence signifies likelihood of imminent violence, imagine his concern when he discovers hundreds of them following around a strange man in town. When Thomas discovers this stranger (whom he has dubbed Fungus Man) has built a shrine to serial killers, a dangerous plot seems to be afoot, and Thomas finds himself in a race against time to try and stop the man.
That sounds like a somewhat interesting concept and there's at least three more novels that follow it, not to mention a graphic novel prequel, which may prove to be a lucrative franchise for whichever studio picks this up. Odd Thomas was a New York Times Bestseller and was well received by critics and readers alike when it was first published in 2003. Since I don't really have a lot of interest in Koontz novels or Stephen Sommers' films, I can't say that this is an exciting prospect, so I'll leave it up to you guys. Any fans of Odd Thomas?