Stephen Sommers

Born and raised in Minnesota, Stephen Sommers went on to attend St. John’s University before transferring to the University of Seville in Spain.  After graduating, he spent the next several years managing rock bands throughout Europe. Relocating to Los Angeles, Sommers enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and spent the next three years earning a Masters Degree in Film Production.  Upon writing and directing an award-winning student film, Perfect Alibi, he was granted the opportunity to write and direct his first feature-length motion picture – a story set in the world of high school drag racing entitled Catch Me If You Can. From there, Sommers went on to create such well-known and beloved adaptations as The Adventures of Huck Finn and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, both for Walt Disney Pictures.  He also wrote and executive produced Disney’s adventure film Tom and Huck before returning to the director’s chair for the suspense-thriller Deep Rising. The next year, Sommers wrote, directed and produced the first installment of The Mummy franchise for Universal Studios.  That film and its sequel, The Mummy Returns, have grossed over eight-hundred and forty million dollars worldwide.  His next monster blockbuster was the action-adventure epic Van Helsing, released in 2004, which did over three-hundred million dollars at the box office.  Following his producing duties on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – which made the ...

Deep Rising (1998)

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Treat Williams  •  Famke Janssen  •  Anthony Heald  •  Kevin J. O'Connor

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Treat Williams  •  Famke Janssen  •  Anthony Heald  •  Kevin J. O'Connor

The Jungle Book (1994)

Raised by wild animals since childhood, Mowgli is drawn away from the jungle by the beautiful Kitty. But Mowgli must eventually face corrupt Capt. Boone, who wants both Kitty's hand and the treasures of Monkey City – a place only Mowgli can find.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Jason Scott Lee  •  Cary Elwes  •  Lena Headey  •  Sam Neill

Raised by wild animals since childhood, Mowgli is drawn away from the jungle by the beautiful Kitty. But Mowgli must eventually face corrupt Capt. Boone, who wants both Kitty's hand and the treasures of Monkey City – a place only Mowgli can find.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Jason Scott Lee  •  Cary Elwes  •  Lena Headey  •  Sam Neill

The Mummy (1999)

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Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell stumbles upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle to claim the area in 1920s Egypt. It has been over three thousand years since former High Priest Imhotep suffered a fate worse than death as a punishment ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Rachel Weisz  •  John Hannah  •  Arnold Vosloo

Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell stumbles upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle to claim the area in 1920s Egypt. It has been over three thousand years since former High Priest Imhotep suffered a fate worse than death as a punishment ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Rachel Weisz  •  John Hannah  •  Arnold Vosloo

The Mummy Returns (2001)

Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, along with their 8-year-old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King’s might: the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and isn’t above kidnapping its ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Rachel Weisz  •  John Hannah  •  Arnold Vosloo

Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, along with their 8-year-old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King’s might: the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and isn’t above kidnapping its ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Rachel Weisz  •  John Hannah  •  Arnold Vosloo

Van Helsing (2004)

Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula. Anna Valerious reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and is hell-bent on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Richard Roxburgh  •  Josie Maran

Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula. Anna Valerious reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein's monster and is hell-bent on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Kate Beckinsale  •  Richard Roxburgh  •  Josie Maran

Catch Me If You Can (1989)

A hotshot teenage car racer persuades the class president of a small Minnesota high school to gamble on illegal car races to raise money for their school which is facing closure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Matt Lattanzi  •  Grant Heslov  •  Billy Morrissette  •  Geoffrey Lewis

A hotshot teenage car racer persuades the class president of a small Minnesota high school to gamble on illegal car races to raise money for their school which is facing closure.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Matt Lattanzi  •  Grant Heslov  •  Billy Morrissette  •  Geoffrey Lewis

Odd Thomas (2013)

In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Anton Yelchin  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Nico Tortorella  •  Addison Timlin

In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Anton Yelchin  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Nico Tortorella  •  Addison Timlin

The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the world's imagination. This is the story of the Sci-Fi Boys, who started out as kids ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Davids
CAST:  Peter Jackson  •  Ray Harryhausen  •  Leonard Maltin  •  Forrest J. Ackerman

Legendary all-stars of cinema bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the world's imagination. This is the story of the Sci-Fi Boys, who started out as kids ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Davids
CAST:  Peter Jackson  •  Ray Harryhausen  •  Leonard Maltin  •  Forrest J. Ackerman

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Channing Tatum  •  Marlon Wayans  •  Sienna Miller

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Channing Tatum  •  Marlon Wayans  •  Sienna Miller

The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)

Mischievous Huck Finn is unnerved when his father, reemerging after years away, kidnaps him in an attempt to take away a $600 inheritance from his late mother. Fearing for his life, Huck fakes his own death and escapes. He soon runs into his friend, Jim, a slave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Courtney B. Vance  •  Robbie Coltrane  •  Jason Robards

Mischievous Huck Finn is unnerved when his father, reemerging after years away, kidnaps him in an attempt to take away a $600 inheritance from his late mother. Fearing for his life, Huck fakes his own death and escapes. He soon runs into his friend, Jim, a slave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Courtney B. Vance  •  Robbie Coltrane  •  Jason Robards

Bloodsucking Cinema (2007)

The sound of flapping bat wings, an empty coffin, glistening fangs, tiny punctures on the neck, the sensual taste of blood, a blank reflection, fear of the cross, and death from daylight. These are the creatures of the night, and as legendary (but fictional) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Gray
CAST:  Stan Winston  •  Stuart Townsend  •  Stephen Sommers  •  Joel Schumacher

The sound of flapping bat wings, an empty coffin, glistening fangs, tiny punctures on the neck, the sensual taste of blood, a blank reflection, fear of the cross, and death from daylight. These are the creatures of the night, and as legendary (but fictional) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Gray
CAST:  Stan Winston  •  Stuart Townsend  •  Stephen Sommers  •  Joel Schumacher

Perfect Alibi (1988)

A lousy pickpocket is sent into a recurring time-loop until he succeeds in carrying out a burglary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Dan Bell  •  Christopher Roland  •  Elinor Baggett  •  Fox Harris

A lousy pickpocket is sent into a recurring time-loop until he succeeds in carrying out a burglary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers
CAST:  Dan Bell  •  Christopher Roland  •  Elinor Baggett  •  Fox Harris

Terror Eyes (1989)

A frustrated advertising executive is confused to receive a job assignment from her boss to write the screenplay to a horror film. Recruiting the help of her friends, a weekend camping expedition becomes the forum for each to share their scariest stories, which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers  •  Michael Rissi  •  Eric Parkinson  •  Steve Sommers
CAST:  Vivian Schilling  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Lance August  •  Dan Bell

A frustrated advertising executive is confused to receive a job assignment from her boss to write the screenplay to a horror film. Recruiting the help of her friends, a weekend camping expedition becomes the forum for each to share their scariest stories, which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Sommers  •  Michael Rissi  •  Eric Parkinson  •  Steve Sommers
CAST:  Vivian Schilling  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Lance August  •  Dan Bell

Building A Better Mummy (1999)

An in-depth look into the creative and technical processes that brought us the heart-stopping visual effects of the film, with director Stephen Sommers and the crew at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.M. Kenny
CAST:  Stephen Sommers  •  John Andrew Berton Jr.  •  Sean Daniel  •  Brendan Fraser

An in-depth look into the creative and technical processes that brought us the heart-stopping visual effects of the film, with director Stephen Sommers and the crew at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.M. Kenny
CAST:  Stephen Sommers  •  John Andrew Berton Jr.  •  Sean Daniel  •  Brendan Fraser