Stephen Sommers Leaves WME For CAA

The director Stephen Sommers just left WME after a decade, and he’s signed with CAA. Sommers had a good run at WMA and then WME, which booked him into the first two installments of The Mummy that grossed around $850 million worldwide, Van Helsing, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the latter of which grossed $303 million worldwide. Why’s he leaving? It sounds like things haven’t exactly been breaking right and the filmmaker decided to shuffle the deck. Sommers had expected to direct Tarzan, but left the project after writing a draft with Stuart Beattie. Paramount is moving forward with a G.I. Joe sequel that’s been scripted by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, but it’s unclear whether Sommers is returning. He also had WME attempting to sell his spec script adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel series Odd Thomas, which Sommers will direct. So far, no takers. But that project, a tricky combination of humor and horror, is more likely an independent undertaking and Sommers hopes to pull the financing together at the upcoming AFM.

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