Stephen Sommers, the man behind “G.I. Joe” (sigh) and the “Mummy” films (a slight Yay!), is bringing Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” novels to the big screen. Sommers will co-write the script and direct the film, which already has a budget of $47 million to work with. How they know it’s going to be exactly $47 million, and not $50, or $40 is one of those things only smart people in Hollywood knows.
Originally published by Koontz in 2003, “Odd Thomas” follows the titular character, a 20-year old fry cook in a small California town who can talk to the dead. Well, he can see and talk to them, but he can’t hear what they say back. A couple of people know his secret, including his girlfriend Stormy and the town’s Chief of Police, who also acts as a father figure for him.
Sommers and Fusion Films’ Howard Kaplan and John Baldecchi will produce the adaptation.