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Review: 'Odd Thomas' Starring Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe And Addison Timlin

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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It's strange how intermittently bestselling novelist Dean Koontz has been adapted, and how those adaptations—from the early Ben Affleck joint "Phantoms" to the Jeff Goldblum starring psychological thriller "Hideaway"—have been almost uniformly horrible. Koontz doesn't have the way with characters or the homespun prose of his contemporary Stephen King, but he sells almost as many books. And most are written in a singularly straightforward, cinematic style that should make big screen adaptations easy and accessible (his late '90s techno-thriller "Dark Rivers of the Heart" was the best movie James Cameron never made). So calling "Odd Thomas" the best Dean Koontz adaptation yet feels like damning it with faint praise, but it's true. Too bad it's barely getting released. Koontz's string of bad luck continues.

Watch: Trailer For Long Delayed And Almost Forgotten 'Odd Thomas' Starring Anton Yelchin

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 4, 2014 6:01 PM
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Wayyy back in the antediluvian days of July, we brought word that Stephen Sommers' Dean Koontz adaptation “Odd Thomas,” starring Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe and Patton Oswalt, was being delayed, perhaps indefinitely. It seemed like a shame, because it looked like a nifty little supernatural flick, featuring Yelchin as a fry cook with certain paranormal powers who gets mixed up in something spooky in a Southwestern town. We knew the film existed, but it looked like it was maybe angling for a place on our list of movies that were shot but never released.

Addison Timlin In Talks For 'Odd Thomas'; Tim Robbins To Join Too?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 6, 2011 1:04 AM
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The trouble with the new transparency of the casting process -- the stories that break at every stage of the process, from wishlist, to shortlist, to meetings, to screen-tests, to offers, to negotiations, to signing on -- is that you can sometimes think that an actor's firmly on board on a project based on one of these stories. More often than not, offer-stories lead to an actor actually being in the film, so when we reported a few weeks back that Lily Collins, rising star of "The Blind Side," had been offered the female lead in "Odd Thomas," the adaptation of Dean Koontz's mystery series about a short-order cook who can communicate with the dead, from "The Mummy" director Stephen Sommers, we'd filed it away, assuming that the offer was a formality, and that Collins would end up on the marquee for the picture, alongside Anton Yelchin, who's playing the title role.

Lily Collins Offered The Part Of Stormy Llewellyn In 'Odd Thomas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2011 2:59 AM
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Emma Roberts, Kat Dennings, Portia Doubleday & Addison Timlin Were Also On The ShortlistWe nearly forgot this movie was happening, but there is fresh movement on "Odd Thomas" the next film from Stephen Sommers, and it looks Anton Yelchin -- announced last month to star in the film -- has found his leading lady.

Anton Yelchin To Star In Stephen Sommers' 'Odd Thomas'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2011 2:13 AM
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It's been clear ever since his debut in the otherwise weak "Hearts in Atlantis" that Anton Yelchin was destined to be a pretty big star. Across films like "Alpha Dog," "Fierce People," "Charlie Bartlett" and the unjustly neglected TV series "Huff," Yelchin's blended nerdiness and charisma with ease, and he's moved into tentpole territory in recent years with the only performance with a pulse in "Terminator: Salvation," and as part of the ensemble in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek."

Stephen Sommers Isn't Going To Direct 'G.I. Joe 2,' Paramount Seeking Other Filmmakers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 11:35 AM
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We're Not Sure Who's Luckier, The Sequel Or HimOh hey, remember last summer when it was announced that big budget hack Stephen Sommers would return to direct the sequel to his absolutely terrible "G.I. Joe."? Turns out he actually won't be.

Stephen Sommers To Direct Adaptation Of Dean Koontz's 'Odd Thomas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 3:15 AM
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As the world not so eagerly anticipates the sequel to 2009's action-figure-to-big screen extravaganza "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," here is a bit of Stephen Sommers news to help make that wait a little more bearable. Screen Daily (via ComingSoon) has confirmed that Sommers is set to direct an adaptation of Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas".

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