It's been a long, strange road for ODD THOMAS.
The film, based on a book by Dean Koontz, wrapped production back in 2011 and has hardly been heard from since. Reportedly, the relative quiet on the film's progress has been thanks to legal BS, but the project showed some signs of life in May when a sales trailer arrived out of Cannes. In September we learned that Image Entertainment had acquired the U.S. rights to the film with a release planned for 2014 and now we've learned that our friends up north will soon be able to see the Stephen Sommers-helmed supernatural thriller as Raven Banner has acquired the Canadian rights for ODD THOMAS.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY franchise, VAN HELSING) and stars Anton Yelchin (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), Willem Dafoe (JOHN CARTER), Addison Timlin ("Californication"), and Patton Oswalt (BIG FAN). The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan.
Raven Banner is set to release ODD THOMAS in early 2014 through its Sinister Cinema series with partners Cineplex Entertainment.
“We’re excited to be releasing Odd Thomas in Canada,” states Michael Paszt, Raven Banner Managing Partner. “The collaboration between director Stephen Sommers and author Dean Koontz has turned a successful novel series into a thrill-ride of a feature film.”
The deal was negotiated by Raven Banner's managing partners Michael Paszt and James Fler, and Paul Hudson on behalf of the filmmakers.
Odd Thomas tells the story of a short-order cook (Yelchin) with clairvoyant abilities. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure. But he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice and he finds himself helping police solve a crime. Occasionally, they prevent one. One day, however, a mysterious man comes to town with a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers and a pack of hyena-like shades follows him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. What happens next is a mysterious battle between light and darkness.