Anton Yelchin in Odd Thomas

Way back in February 2011, we told you that Anton Yelchin had been cast as the title character in Stephen SommersOdd Thomas. Based on the novel by Dean Koontz, the supernatural thriller follows a fry cook who can communicate with the dead — and is also, therefore, the only person who can stop the evil forces threatening to take over his town.

Production began not long after that, but then Odd Thomas got caught up in a bunch of legal disputes, and it became unclear whether we’d ever see it at all. But lo and behold, the film is finally set for release next month, and we’ve got the first trailer to prove it. Watch it after the jump.

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Topher Grace has joined the cast of Gently Down the Stream, which already has some prominent actors on board: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried. Justin Zackham wrote and will direct the story of a slightly awkward family romance. Specifically, De Niro and Keaton are a couple and father to Topher Grace’s character. But he’s also got an adopted brother, and that guy has a sister, and Topher Grace falls for her. Oops. [Deadline]

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He began his career in comedy, but Kevin Durand is becoming a good, reliable tough guy character actor. He did well as The Blob in Wolverine, and made a good impression as Martin Keamy in Lost and as Little John in Robin Hood. He’s got a role in the upcoming Real Steel, and now he’s been cast in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis. He’ll play the cheif security offer for Robert Pattinson‘s main character, a young billionaire who makes a bad business play and spends the movie dealing with the ramifications. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Sarah Gadon are also in the cast. David Cronenberg wrote the script based on Don DeLillo‘s novel. [Variety]

After the break we’ve got new cast additions for Odd Thomas and Arbitrage, and Jamie Kennedy’s consolation prize for not being in Scream 4 is apparently a gig with Tyler Perry. Read More »

Stephen Sommers is getting closer and closer to the start date for Odd Thomas, which adapts the first Dean Koontz novel featuring the title character. He’s got Anton Yelchin playing Thomas and Addison Timlin as the lead’s girlfriend, who is one of two people who knows that Thomas can talk to the dead. The other character is the local police chief, and Willem Dafoe is now in talks for that role. Read More »

The Silent Hill sequel, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, is shooting right now in Toronto, and keeps adding cast members as it does. Director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) already had Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harington starring, with Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Deborah Kara Unger reprising their Silent Hill roles in some unknown capacity.

Now a press release announces that the film also boasts Carrie-Ann Moss as Claudia Wolf and Malcolm McDowell as Leonard Wolf. In the video game Silent Hill 3, Claudia is a major character (modeled to look like Julianne Moore, actually) who sets a good chunk of the plot in motion, and isn’t exactly a passive or sane presence. Read more about her here (and about her father Leonard here) but be warned of possible spoilers for the film. The header image for this article, by the way, is a new still of Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harinton in the film, that was supplied with the press release. Click it to enlarge.

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There have been a few adaptations of Dean Koontz novels here and there, and now Stephen Sommers is going to add one more to the pile. Instead of going into the sequel to G.I. Joe (from which he was more or less dismissed) the director will adapt the book Odd Thomas, and he’s cast Anton Yelchin. Read More »

Stephen Sommers Won’t Direct ‘GI Joe’ Sequel

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra earned over $302 million worldwide despite mostly negative buzz and reviews (34% on Rotten Tomatoes). The film surpassed studio expectations domestically, which was enough to greenlight a sequel. Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to pen the screenplay. While the main cast are contractually obligated to do the sequel, director Stephen Sommers did not have that clause in his contact. It was later reported that Sommers had committed to return for the sequel.  It now appears the earlier report was premature.

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Stephen Sommers Returning to Direct G.I. Joe Sequel

And now for news that nobody else but me will be excited about.

Last we heard about the G.I. Joe sequel, Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick were hired to pen the screenplay. It was also assumed that the main cast would be returning, seeing as how they’re contractually obligated to do so. Director Stephen Sommers, meanwhile, was not contracted to return, and after rumors that he had been fired off the first film following a disastrous test screening, there was a lingering question of whether the studio would even want him back at the helm.

Well, perhaps those rumors really were bogus. Stephen Sommers will be back for the next G.I. Joe. More after the break. Read More »

GI Joe Sequel Will Soon Go Into Development

GI Joe

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra earned an estimated $100 million worldwide despite mostly negative buzz and reviews (39% on Rotten Tomatoes). The film surpassed studio expectations domestically, earning $56.2 million stateside. All of this can mean only one thing – a sequel is already in development.  Paramount Picture’s vice chairman, Rob Moore, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that a sequel “will soon go into development.” According to the report, all of the movie’s lead actors are “contractually obligated to return for another film,” though director Stephen Sommers is not.

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…well, he’s almost in motion, anyway. This Japanese trailer for Paramount’s upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra doesn’t show a lot of new footage, though what we do see is cut in a hyper-kinetic fashion that does the footage more service than the last domestic trailer. But the highlight here is one brief glimpse at Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), as he’s standing next to Destro (Christopher Eccleston). Watch the clip after the break. Read More »