Stephen Sommers Casts Anton Yelchin in 'Odd Thomas' Adaptation
His name is Odd Thomas. We already know that Stephen Sommers (Deep Rising, Van Helsing, Mummy & Mummy Returns, G.I. Joe) decided to drop out of the G.I. Joe sequel, and now we know exactly for what instead. ShockTillYouDrop reports that Sommers is currently in pre-production on an adaptation of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series of novels. On top of that, they report that Anton Yelchin has booked the lead role as Odd Thomas. Able to communicate with the dead, Odd must use their silent clues, mostly from the odd Fungus Man, in an attempt to prevent a mass catastrophe which threatens everything he holds dear.
Yelchin has been making quite a name for himself recently. Not only did he star in Abrams' Star Trek and Terminator Salvation last year, but he impressed Sundance audiences in the fest favorite Like Crazy this year, stars in The Beaver, and also has Fright Night coming up in the fall. Now he will be Odd Thomas in, sadly, yet another most likely very bad movie from Stephen Sommers, known as one of the biggest hacks in Hollywood. But let's focus on the positive. In an update last year, Sommers talked about his interests: "As soon as I read the book I felt compelled to turn it into a movie. It's a fantastic love affair between these two wonderful characters. The story combines action with heart, laughs and scares. It felt right to be doing this independently." So he's making it independently with Howard Kaplan and John Baldecchi producing.
The Odd Thomas series began in 2003 and contains three more sequels and a graphic novel series called In Odd We Trust. When not talking with ghosts, Odd is a short order cook in a California desert town and can also see bodachs, shadowy spirit creatures who appear only during times of death and disaster. This sounds like an intriguing series to adapt, and I'm glad to see such a talented actor like Yelchin in the lead, but I am not expecting much from Sommers. Here's to hoping an indie route can get him back to his roots (if he had any to begin with), but we'll see, as I don't think it's budgets that were his problem. Any fans of the books?