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Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas to Be Filmed By Stephen Sommers

Stephen Sommerws has been making Hollywood blockbusters for years -- the most recent being the first G.I. Joe film -- but now he's trying something of a smaller scale by adapting Dean Koontz' novel Odd Thomas, which will reportedly be spawning additional novels. The film, too, is expected to become a franchise.
Says Deadline, "The film stars Anton Yelchin as a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities who encounters a mysterious man surrounded by dark, threatening forces. The cook's unique abilities, which include an ability to speak with the dead, help him protect his town and family. The pic also stars Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Curtis Jackson, Nico Tortorella and Patton Oswalt. Sommers is producing with Fusion Films' Howard Kaplan and John Baldecchi."

As to how the deal came together, Sommers himself told the site, "At the studios, it's all about movies based on toys, video games and comics. I've done them and that's what the studios want from me. Dean and I went to AFM and raised the $27 million budget in two days... We're trying to scare audiences and make them laugh. There's a great romance. Studios usually want you to do one or the other. Since we've got all the money, we'll hold off until we're done with production and see what happens."
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