Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller Odd Thomas, based on the original, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling book by Dean Koontz under the same name. Odd Thomas is the first in a series of seven books, six of which have already been released and have sold a total of over 20 million copies worldwide. The set includes Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse and Deeply Odd.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man franchise, Platoon) and Addison Timlin (Californication, Zero Hour). The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan. Budgeted at $30 million dollars, the film uses state of the art visual effects to bring the supernatural elements of the Koontz novels to the big screen. Image Entertainment is set to release Odd Thomas in Q1 2014.
Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment made today's announcement.
"Director Stephen Sommers' spectacular style and extraordinary vision translates so well to the big screen for this material. We are proud to distribute the film and introduce the magical world of Odd Thomas to a wider audience."
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.
The deal was negotiated by Bromiley, Mark Ward and Jess De Leo on behalf of Image Entertainment and Paul Hudson on behalf of the filmmakers.