Back in September, we reported that G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra director Stephen Sommers could possibly end up directing the big screen film adaptation of Dean Koontz's fun book series Odd Thomas. Today, it's been reported that he's officially signed on to bring the project to life. Noooooooooooo!
I think Sommers is a talentless director, who is incapable of telling a good story. So, for those of you who are fans of this book series like I am, I'm sorry to say that the film is most likely going to be a disappointment, just like G.I. Joe.
Sommer's had this to say in a statement,
As soon as I read the book I felt compelled to turn it into a movie. It's a fantastic love affair between these two wonderful characters.
The story combines action with heart, laughs and scares. It felt right to be doing this independently and I'm excited to take this to the market.
Well, that's unfortunate. He doesn't even realize he's a poor director and storyteller. There are so many other directors out there who could do a much better job adapting this story. There must have been other directors out there who were compelled to turn the book into a movie. Why Sommers!? He's the same caliber of director as Brett Ratner.
I think I've made it clear that I don't want Sommers to have anything to do with this property.
The supernatural mystery focuses on a character named Odd Thomas, who narrates the story like a film noir. The character lacks ambition, and works as a fry cook in California, but has the gift of seeing and communicating with ghosts.
What do you all think about Sommers taking on the project?
Here is the official description of the first book for those of you that haven't read it yet:
“The dead don't talk. I don't know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. 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 Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.