'Odd Thomas' with Anton Yelchin Delayed Indefinitely in Legal Dispute
If you look around online, you won't have to search too long before finding a working unofficial trailer for Odd Thomas, the adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel about a short-order cook named Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) who can commune with the dead, a secret only his girlfriend (Addison Timlin) and the local police chief (Willem Dafoe) know. Thomas can also spot malevolent forces called bodachs, who feed on pain and portent imminent death. When Odd sees them in spades surrounding a stranger, he finds himself in a race against time to avert a catastrophe. But don't count on seeing this flick anytime soon.
THR has word on a legal dispute from Two Out of Ten Productions (TOOT) and Fusion Films against Outsource Media Group Fund, ABS Investment Group, individuals Craig Chang and Mark Bishop, and Outsource Media Group. The lawsuit focuses on $25 million which should have been spent on prints and advertising to support a release of Odd Thomas in the U.S. and another $10 million to partially refinance certain loans. However, deadlines for that money to surface have passed, and producers are not happy.
This is simply bad news for the fans, because as long as this legal dispute is in play, the film definitely won't see release. We're not even sure if the film is complete yet, but it was trying on the Cannes Sales Market, so it at least has to be close to completion. If you check out the working trailer, the film doesn't look like a knockout, but with Yelchin in the lead, an interesting story and a supporting cast that includes Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt, we were at least provoked to see how the film from director Stephen Sommers (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, The Mummy) turned out. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.