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Stephen Sommers on the Prague set of Van Helsing

Stephen Sommers (born March 20, 1962) is an American movie director/writer best known for the 1999 blockbuster The Mummy, its sequel The Mummy Returns, and the action/horror film Van Helsing. Image File history File links Stephensommers001. ... Image File history File links Stephensommers001. ... March 20 is the 79th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (80th in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies are made. ... The Mummy is a film written and directed in 1999 by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, with Arnold Vosloo as the reanimated mummy of the title. ... The Mummy Returns is a 2001 movie starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo, and is directed by Stephen Sommers. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ...



Stephen Sommers was born in Dayton, Ohio[1] and grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterwards, he spent four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout Europe. He eventually returned to the United States and moved out to Los Angeles, where he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts for three years. There he graduated with a Masters Degree, as well as wrote and directed an award-winning short film called Perfect Alibi. (It was also there that he met a student named Bob Ducsay, who has gone on to edit all of Stephen's movies.) Perfect Alibi helped Stephen acquire independent funding to write and direct his first feature film, the teen racing movie Catch Me If You Can, which was filmed on location in his hometown of St. Cloud for a modest budget of $300,000. The film was released theatrically overseas but debuted on video in the US, ultimately grossing about $6,000,000. Nickname: Motto: Birthplace of Aviation Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Montgomery Founded April 1, 1796 Incorporated 1805 Government  - Mayor Rhine L. McLin Area  - City  56. ... St. ... Saint Johns University was founded by the Benedictine monks of Saint Johns Abbey in 1857, and it is currently the lamest school in the united states. ... Collegeville Township is a township located in Stearns County, Minnesota. ... The University of Seville or sometimes Seville University, in Spanish Universidad de Sevilla, is a public university in Seville, Spain. ... The USC School of Cinematic Arts, formerly named the School of Cinema-Television (CNTV), is a film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. ...


Almost four years later, broke and in danger of having his house repossessed, he wrote and directed an adaptation of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Huck Finn for Walt Disney Pictures, as well as Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. In between films, he married his wife, Jana, on July 24, 1993. He later wrote the screenplays for Gunmen and The Adventures of Tom and Huck, which he also executive produced for Disney, and worked as a staff writer at Hollywood Pictures. He and his wife had their first child, a daughter named Samantha June, in 1996. While at Hollywood Pictures, he worked on a script called Tentacle, which he later directed as the retitled Deep Rising in 1998. The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 Disney film starring Elijah Wood and Courtney B. Vance; it is based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ... The Jungle Book (official title is Disneys Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book) is a 1994 film, by Disney, loosely based on the Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. ... Tom & Huck is a 1995 Disney film starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro, Joey Stinson, and Rachel Leigh Cook; it is based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. ... The Hollywood Pictures sphinx logo Hollywood Pictures is one of The Walt Disney Companys several alternate movie labels. ... Deep Rising is a 1998 motion picture written and directed by Stephen Sommers. ...


1999 was the year that changed Sommers' career forever, when he wrote and directed Universal Studio's big-budget remake of The Mummy. The film was a smash hit, and Sommers received two Saturn Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer in 2000 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. A successful sequel, The Mummy Returns, followed two years later, and he also co-wrote and produced 2002's The Scorpion King, a prequel/spin-off of The Mummy Returns. His second daughter was born in 2001. The Mummy is a film written and directed in 1999 by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, with Arnold Vosloo as the reanimated mummy of the title. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... Saturn Award The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... The Mummy Returns is a 2001 movie starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo, and is directed by Stephen Sommers. ... The Scorpion King is a 2002 film starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kelly Hu, Steven Brand, Ralf Moeller, and Grant Heslov, and is directed by Chuck Russell. ... The Mummy Returns is a 2001 movie starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo, and is directed by Stephen Sommers. ...


Sommers returned in 2004 with Van Helsing, a movie pitting legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing against the triumvirate of Universal movie monsters: Dracula, the Wolf-Man, and Frankenstein's Monster. He also founded The Sommers Company with producing partner Bob Ducsay, to develop films of their own and those of other filmakers. Before Van Helsing even premiered, Sommers and Ducsay began developing a spin-off TV series for NBC called Transylvania. Though featuring none of the characters from the film, the series (which would have made use of the film's Prague set) was about a young cowboy from Texas who becomes a sheriff in Transylvania and has many strange adventures and encounters many strange creatures. Sommers and Ducsay would have been executive producers, and Sommers had written scripts for the pilot and first several episodes. However, NBC decided not to go through with the show. This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... Transylvania was an aborted spin-off television series of the film Van Helsing set in the region of the same name. ...


After some delays, it appears Sommers' next film will be a remake of When Worlds Collide, to be executive produced by Steven Spielberg. There's also been talk of an adaptation of Flash Gordon, a swashbuckling adventure movie called Airborn based on the novel, a romantic/adventure story called Big Love, and a remake of the French film Les Victimes. Sommers has also reportedly decided not to direct a third Mummy film, though he may still be a producer. Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Flash Gordon is a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond, first published on January 7, 1934. ... Airborn is a novel by Kenneth Oppel. ...

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Filmography

Airborn (2008) (director, producer) - pre-production

  • Flash Gordon (2007) (director, writer, producer) - announced
  • Magic Kingdom for Sale (2006) (director, producer) - announced

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Trivia

  • His one and only cameo in a movie was as an uncredited man on a raft in a nighttime scene in The Adventures of Huck Finn.
  • Founded his own production company (along with editor/producing partner Bob Ducsay), The Sommers Company, in 2004.
  • Appeared at the 2003 San Diego ComiCon to promote Van Helsing, along with the entire cast.
  • Met Bob Ducsay in film school, who has edited all of his movies since.
  • Was nominated for two Saturn Awards for Best Director and Best Writer for The Mummy by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
  • Appeared on AMC's Sunday Morning Shootout on June 27, 2004.
  • Named a pilot character in both The Mummy Returns and Gunmen after his pet dog of 12 years, Izzy. Izzy died in 2001.
  • Stephen's oldest daughter, Samantha June, appears in Van Helsing as the "Vampire Child" in the balcony during the Halloween ball. (The other girl is Sommers' niece.)
  • His favorite movies are romantic-comedies.
  • Favorite director is Michael Curtiz.
  • His father, Dr. Stephen D. Sommers, died in 2004. Van Helsing is dedicated in his memory.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Married his wife, Jana, on July 24, 1993. They live in Santa Barbara, California with their two daughters.
  • The four films that made him want to make movies were Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Swiss Family Robinson, and Jason and the Argonauts.
  • Always keeps a couple of props from his movies. Has the map from the opening credits of The Jungle Book in his hallway.
  • Is good friends with Kevin J. O'Connor and has worked with him in Deep Rising, The Mummy, and Van Helsing.
  • Industrial Light & Magic jokingly created "The Stephen Sommers Scale" to measure the extent of digital effects used in a given movie scene. The four parts of the scale, from lowest to highest, are "What The Shot Needs... What The Computers Can Handle... Oh My God, The Computers Are Crashing... and What Steve Wants."

The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 Disney film starring Elijah Wood and Courtney B. Vance; it is based on Mark Twains novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ... This article is about the fan convention. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... Saturn Award The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... The Mummy Returns is a 2001 movie starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo, and is directed by Stephen Sommers. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... Michael Curtiz (December 24, 1886 - April 10, 1962) was a Hungarian-American film director, whose best known films include The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, and White Christmas. ... Nickname: Santa Barbara is situated on the southward-facing coast at far right. ... Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel by Jules Verne. ... 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land, James Mason as Captain Nemo, Paul Lukas as Professor Aronnax and Peter Lorre as Conseil. ... Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 film adaptation of the Johann David Wyss novel. ... Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is a fictional fantasy adventure movie based upon the characters Jason and the Argonauts of Greek mythology, regarded by many critics as one of the best fantasy films ever made. ... The Jungle Book (official title is Disneys Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book) is a 1994 film, by Disney, loosely based on the Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. ... Kevin J. OConnor is an American actor best known for playing character roles in major studio movies such as The Mummy, Clive Barkers Lord of Illusions, F/X 2 and as Igor in the 2004 movie Van Helsing. ... Deep Rising is a 1998 motion picture written and directed by Stephen Sommers. ... The Mummy is a film written and directed in 1999 by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, with Arnold Vosloo as the reanimated mummy of the title. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... Industrial Light + Magic is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in July 1975 by George Lucas. ...

References

  1. ^ AMC's Sunday Morning Shootout, June 27, 2004

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