Stephen Sommers is actually gravitating toward a love story. Can you believe it? Well, wait. If by love story, you mean a story about a clairvoyant short-order cook in a small town in the desert who tips off the local police chief with hints he gets from his other-worldly conversation partners and just happens to be hopelessly in love with “the most beautiful girl in the world” – a girl named Stormy, then yes.
Odd Thomas (first name Odd, last name Thomas; odd, no?) is the short-order cook in question and the star of a series of Dean Koontz books that follow him on his adventures. In his first literary appearance, and the story that Sommers is choosing to turn into a film, Odd follows a mysterious stranger who holds the keys to some of the world’s most notorious killers. Sommers is apparently a huge fan of Koontz’s work, and was determined to turn Odd Thomas into a movie as soon as he read the bestseller. He’ll sit in the director’s chair and take on the task of adapting the book for the screen.
Clearly, this story choice is not really that much of a departure for Sommers, who made it big with movies like Van Helsing and The Mummy. There is definitely romance present in all of his movies, but it’s more of the comic book variety than the deep, heartfelt sort. My only question is, what is he going to do without all the added drama that mummies, werewolves and Scorpion Kings bring to his work? Granted he does have the whole “I can hear dead people” element, but that’s kind of bland for him, don’t you think?
Source: Coming Soon