Image Entertainment gets Odd Thomas

Image Entertainment has acquired the rights to the movie based on the bestselling thriller novel Odd Thomas, according to Deadline.  Odd Thomas is the first of seven books – so far – focusing on the character of the same name, written by New York Times bestselling suspense author Dean Koontz.  The series, six of which have been released already, has sold more than 20 million copies all over the world.

The film has been adapted and directed by Stephen Sommers (Van Helsing, The Mummy franchise, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and stars Fright Night and Star Trek: Into Darkness actor Anton Yelchin in the title role alongside Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin (Zero Hour, Californication).  The film cost $30 million to make and is expected to be released in cinemas next year.

“Director Stephen Sommers’ spectacular style and extraordinary vision translates so well to the big screen for this material,” says Image Entertainment’s chief acquisitions officer, Bill Bromiley, who announced the movie yesterday.  “We are proud to distribute the film and introduce the magical world of Odd Thomas to a wider audience.”

The character of Odd Thomas is a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities.  He uses his gift to help people, and to help the police solve and occasionally even prevent crimes, but finds himself in a deadly battle between good and evil when a mystery man presents him with information about the world’s worst murderers.  Dean Koontz is one of only 12 writers to have had 14 novels reach the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list.