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Stephen Sommers' languishing Odd Thomas starring Anton Yelchin to be released in 2014

Sep. 25, 2013by: Paul Shirey

After some legal tug of war it appears that the languishing in limbo fantasy crime thriller ODD THOMAS from director Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY) is finally going to grace the big (or small) screen. Image Entertainment has acquired the film for release sometime in the first quarter of 2014 (no specific date is set as of yet).

“Director Stephen Sommers’s spectacular style and extraordinary vision translates so well to the big screen for this material,” said Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment.  “We are proud to distribute the film and introduce the magical world of Odd Thomas to a wider audience.

Here's the synopsis:

Odd Thomas (Yelchin) tells the story of a short-order cook 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 that follow 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.

I'm not sure what to make of ODD THOMAS. The sales trailer (above) makes it look like a strange, but fun flick with Anton Yelchin being a big sell, especially after coming into the spotlight after turns in STAR TREK and TERMINATOR: SALVATION. Sommers is hit or miss (but always cheesy) and ODD THOMAS seems to lean towards his familiar tastes, which can often divide audiences. Still, this looks a hell of a lot better than G.I.JOE: RISE OF COBRA.

ODD THOMAS will see release sometime in 2014. Will you be checking it out?

Extra Tidbit: My favorite Stephen Sommers flick is Deep Rising with Treat Williams and Famke Janssen. Totally cheesy, silly, cool, and fun low-rent monster movie. Check it out.

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12:50PM on 09/26/2013

Small world

I actually like dean Koontz and just recently picked up off Thomas at my local library though i haven't made much progress lately but i had no idea they were actually making a movie based on the books
I actually like dean Koontz and just recently picked up off Thomas at my local library though i haven't made much progress lately but i had no idea they were actually making a movie based on the books
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9:26PM on 09/25/2013
I saw the trailer for this a while back and it looked pretty good. And I agree with Netforce, Deep Rising is a whole bunch of fun.
I saw the trailer for this a while back and it looked pretty good. And I agree with Netforce, Deep Rising is a whole bunch of fun.
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9:20PM on 09/25/2013
Deep Rising is very underrated.
Deep Rising is very underrated.
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9:08PM on 09/25/2013

I love the Odd Thomas books! possible SPOILER below

I've read all the books and I LOVE the series. Odd Thomas is a loveable character that seems to find himself in weird situations all the time. It's great to see the film finally getting a release. The only way you could see it before was on bootleg movie websites. I've watched some of the film, and from what I saw it is good. I do however have a MAJOR gripe with the film. Elvis is not in it! If you've read the books you know how much of a letdown this is! He may not have been a major character
I've read all the books and I LOVE the series. Odd Thomas is a loveable character that seems to find himself in weird situations all the time. It's great to see the film finally getting a release. The only way you could see it before was on bootleg movie websites. I've watched some of the film, and from what I saw it is good. I do however have a MAJOR gripe with the film. Elvis is not in it! If you've read the books you know how much of a letdown this is! He may not have been a major character but he was great comic relief, and a very loveable character also. It would have been GREAT to see Elvis cruising in a car with Odd! Dean Koontz even said on his website that the film was everythinng he wanted, but I don't know how that is possible cause they left out one of the best characters! I'll still watch it though, and hope a sequel gets made and they add Elvis!
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5:30PM on 09/25/2013

One of my most favorite supernatural thriller book ever....And the movie's not bad!

Seen it already, and other than the Bodaches interacting DIRECTLY(!) with the humans and can somehow generally possess/inspire a human to do bad things, its surprisingly low-key (for Sommers anyway) and an good faithful adaptation with most of the situations intact (including the ending). And to me at least, even if Yelchin was definitely NOT how I imagine Odd would look like, he totally sold me on him being odd Thomas, and his darkly humorous monologues perfectly worked with the book's first
Seen it already, and other than the Bodaches interacting DIRECTLY(!) with the humans and can somehow generally possess/inspire a human to do bad things, its surprisingly low-key (for Sommers anyway) and an good faithful adaptation with most of the situations intact (including the ending). And to me at least, even if Yelchin was definitely NOT how I imagine Odd would look like, he totally sold me on him being odd Thomas, and his darkly humorous monologues perfectly worked with the book's first person narrative. Overall, I'd say a pleasantly entertaining time even if you didn't read the book. Just don't expect any nightmarish flashback involving his mother....
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4:35PM on 09/25/2013

Already seen it...

And I can honestly say it's one of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen. I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan and the fact that he endorses this film and helped produce it should be enough for any fan. Sommers really steps up to the plate, surprisingly. Definitely worth watching!
And I can honestly say it's one of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen. I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan and the fact that he endorses this film and helped produce it should be enough for any fan. Sommers really steps up to the plate, surprisingly. Definitely worth watching!
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9:14PM on 09/25/2013
so from what I understand Elvis is not in this. am I wrong?
so from what I understand Elvis is not in this. am I wrong?
4:00PM on 09/25/2013
This could go either way. It could be a fun popcorn flick or a terrible CGI ridden mess aka Dylan Dog.
This could go either way. It could be a fun popcorn flick or a terrible CGI ridden mess aka Dylan Dog.
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3:24PM on 09/25/2013
the cast of this movie has me interested. and it looks much better than gi joe
the cast of this movie has me interested. and it looks much better than gi joe
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3:14PM on 09/25/2013

Shitty CGI creatures

Was digging the trailer until those showed up, Summers will always kill his flicks with lame CG (besides Deep Rising that movie is da BOMB!)
Was digging the trailer until those showed up, Summers will always kill his flicks with lame CG (besides Deep Rising that movie is da BOMB!)
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3:13PM on 09/25/2013
Odd Thomas is one of my favorite books ever (although strangely I don't enjoy any other Dean Koontz novels, including the other Odd books) and I have always wanted to see it as a movies or TV series, but I got mixed feelings about this. I know you can't truly judge a movie by its trailer, but Yelchin seems wrong for Odd... not well... odd enough. Also the Bodachs are suppose to be shadows, not whatever those weird transparent things are. In the end, I think the thing that bothers me the most is
Odd Thomas is one of my favorite books ever (although strangely I don't enjoy any other Dean Koontz novels, including the other Odd books) and I have always wanted to see it as a movies or TV series, but I got mixed feelings about this. I know you can't truly judge a movie by its trailer, but Yelchin seems wrong for Odd... not well... odd enough. Also the Bodachs are suppose to be shadows, not whatever those weird transparent things are. In the end, I think the thing that bothers me the most is the Stephen Sommer's big-adventure cheese factor. The material would be much better served by a more realistic, smaller scale style.
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