Sommers may head new 'Tarzan' movie

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Stephen Sommers reportedly is in talks to co-write and direct "Tarzan," a new version of the classic adventure tale.

Eccleston signs on for 'G.I. Joe' role

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- British actor Chris Eccleston has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming big-screen action flick "G.I. Joe."

Stars commit to 'Mummy 3'

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- London-born actress Rachel Weisz and U.S. actor Brendan Fraser have agreed to reprise their roles for the newest installment in the "Mummy" film series.

Sommers leaves 'Worlds' for 'Museum'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- "War of the Worlds" director Steven Spielberg has replaced Stephen Sommers at the helm of "When Worlds Collide," it was reported Monday.

'Magic Kingdom' movie planned

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Plans are under way in Hollywood for a movie adaptation of author Terry Brooks' "Magic Kingdom" book series, Daily Variety said Tuesday.

Analysis: Box-office blast

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- One year after Hollywood openly questioned the wisdom of relying too heavily on sequels, the U.S. box office is putting up record numbers thanks mostly to the p
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: 'Shrek 2' to the rescue

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- The calendar says summer is still a little more than four weeks away, but the box-office summer is already well under way -- and Hollywood is having a wonderful
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Universal Studios opens 'Van Helsing' ride

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- Univeral Studios Hollywood has a new attraction based on the current hit box office monster movie, "Van Helsing."

Roxburgh is cinema's latest Dracula

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- Richard Roxburgh is no stranger to playing big-screen bad guys, but in the new Hollywood film "Van Helsing" he portrays the ultimate villain -- Dracula.

Feature: 'Van Helsing' recalls golden age

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- Writer-director Stephen Sommers' new movie, "Van Helsing," is not just a state-of-the-art rendering of a classic Hollywood genre, it's also an homage to the mon
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hugh worried about being 'blockbuster guy'

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- Director Stephen Sommers says "X-Men" actor Hugh Jackman had some initial concerns about starring in "Van Helsing," another potential mega-hit.

Creature cut from 'Van Helsing'

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- A Hollywood director has revealed the Creature from the Black Lagoon did not make the cut for the upcoming "Van Helsing" monster film.

'Van Helsing' inspires NBC vampire series

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- The film-making team behind "Van Helsing" says it has created and will executive produce an NBC drama inspired by the vampire movie.

Jackman, Hensley reunite in vampire flick

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Hugh Jackman and Shuler Hensley, stars of the London stage production of "Oklahoma!," reunite in the new vampire film "Van Helsing."

Jackman the vampire slayer?

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Hugh Jackman follows up his portrayal of Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies with a turn as a monster hunter in the period film, "Van Helsing."
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Stephen Sommers

Stephen Sommers (born March 20, 1962) is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns.

Stephen Sommers was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is a 1980 graduate of 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 Master's Degree, as well as wrote and directed an award-winning short film called Perfect Alibi. (It was also there that he met Bob Ducsay, who has gone on to edit all of his movies.) Perfect Alibi helped Sommers 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 $300,000. The film was released theatrically overseas but debuted on video in the US, ultimately grossing about $6,000,000.

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.

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