This story just keeps getting weirder and weirder. First, I thought it was strange that Stephen Sommers would be directing an adaptation of Dean Koontz’ Odd Thomas. Though the film will have its share of fantasy action, it’ll certainly be a bit light on explosions, which is why I couldn’t understand where Sommers would fit in. I’ve since gotten past that, but what baffles me more is Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson’s involvement in the picture.
Variety reports that the rapper-turned-actor has signed on to play blind deejay Shamus Cocobolo in the film, which stars Anton Yelchin as a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nico Tortorella co-star. I can see why Jackson would want to take part in this pic, as its the biggest he’s ever done, but why Sommers would choose him for this unique character is beyond me. My guess is that it was an economical decision, though there are dozens of young, hungry and better actors out there who’d die to get a chance to work on a movie like this. As you can tell, Sommers has some big names attached to the film, so he probably thought that he needed another to make it work. Oh well, the joke’s going to be on him.
Production should begin soon in New Mexico, which means we should be seeing Odd Thomas some time next year.