Yelchin made probably his biggest impression as Russian wiz-kid Chekov in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, but he also played the young Michael Biehn in Terminator: Salvation and the title character in Charlie Bartlett. Coming up, he has a supporting role in The Beaver, and plays the lead in the Fright Night remake.
Odd Thomas is the first in a popular series of four novels, and this first adaptation does well, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see the rest as films in good time. Yelchin will star as the titular Thomas, a young man who can speak to the dead, and must use that supernatural ability to prevent catastrophe.
Sommers is now in preproduction on the film, which has a budget of about $47 million. That’s a comparatively modest budget for a Sommers project, and it’ll be interesting to see how the director acquits himself to more low-key horror.
Do you think Yelchin can support a potential franchise? And can Sommers restrain his more excessive tendencies in a smaller picture?