After the success of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers teamed with longtime collaborator Bob Ducsay to form Sommers Company. Universal’s 2004 release of Van Helsing marked the first film under the new banner. Sommers wrote, directed and produced the film, along with Bob Ducsay who produced and edited. The newest installment in the Mummy franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, marked the banner’s second film, and Parmount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra marks its third.
Sommers Company has a number of projects in development, with its slate running the spectrum from broad comedy to adult thriller.
Stephen Sommers wrote and directed The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and Van Helsing. He also wrote and produced the spin-off of the Mummy films, The Scorpion King, as well as Produced the third film in the trilogy The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor.
Before that, Sommers wrote and directed The Adventures of Huck Finn, starring Elijah Wood, Jason Robards and Robbie Coltrane, The Jungle Book, starring Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill and John Cleese, and Deep Rising, starring Treat Williams and Famke Janssen. Sommers also wrote and executive produced Disney’s Tom and Huck with Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro.
For television, he wrote and executive produced Oliver Twist, again working with Elijah Wood as well as Richard Dreyfuss.
Sommers most recently completed Paramount Pictures’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jonathan Pryce as well as Odd Thomas, based on the best selling Dean Koontz novel, starring Anton Yelchin and Willem DaFoe.
A native of Minnesota, Sommers attended St. John’s University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterwards, Sommers spent the next three years in Europe, working in street theatre groups and managing rock bands.
From there, he relocated to Los Angeles and attended the USC School of Cinema-Television, where he earned a Masters Degree and wrote and directed the award-winning short film, Perfect Alibi. With independent funding, he wrote and directed his first motion picture, Catch Me If You Can, which was filmed in his hometown of St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Sommers lives with his wife and two daughters in Malibu, California.