Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Anton Yelchin Cast as Odd Thomas in Film Adaptation of Dean Koontz Novel

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
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Last November we reported that the film adaptation of Dean Koontz's novel Odd Thomas was moving forward, with Stephen Sommers (The Mummy movies) directing his own screenplay.

Now we're learning (via Collider) that the role of the titular character has been cast: Anton Yelchin (Chekov in the Star Trek prequel).

Here's what 21-year-old Odd Thomas has to say about himself (from the author's website): "I see dead people, spirits of the departed who, each for his own reason, will not move on from this world. Some are drawn to me for justice, if they were murdered, or for comfort, or for companionship; others seek me out for motives that I cannot always understand. This complicates my life."

In the first book of the series -- there are four to day, plus two graphic novels -- 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.

You can read the first chapter(s) of Odd Thomas below. Use the Aa settings button to adjust text size, line spacing, and word density.


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