Raven Banner snags ODD THOMAS for Canada and Sinister Cinema


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Hot Off The AFM Presses: Raven Banner Entertainment Inc., has acquired all Canadian rights to the $30 million dollar action thriller Odd Thomas, based on the original, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling series by Dean Koontz under the same name.

The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) Willem Dafoe (John Carter) Addison Timlin (Californication) and Patton Oswalt (Big Fan). The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan.

Raven Banner is set to release Odd Thomas in early 2014 through its Sinister Cinema series with partners Cineplex Entertainment.

“We’re excited to be releasing Odd Thomas in Canada,” states Michael Paszt, Raven Banner Managing Partner. “The collaboration between director Stephen Sommers and author Dean Koontz has turned a successful novel series into a thrill-ride of a feature film.”

The deal was negotiated by Raven Banner’s managing partners Michael Paszt and James Fler, and Paul Hudson on behalf of the filmmakers.

Odd Thomas (Yelchin) tells the story of a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities.  Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure. But he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice and he finds himself helping police solve a crime. Occasionally, they prevent one. One day, however, a mysterious man comes to town with a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers and a pack of hyena-like shades follows him wherever he goes.  Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. What happens next is a mysterious battle between light and darkness.

Odd Thomas is the first in a series of seven books, six of which have already been released: Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse and Deeply Odd.

Dean Koontz is an American author, known for his bestselling suspense thrillers.  Fourteen of his novels reached the number one position on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestsellers lists, including Odd Hours, Midnight, The Bad Place, Cold Fire, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, Sole Survivor, From the Corner of His Eye, One Door Away From Heaven, The Husband, Relentless, What the Night Knows and 77 Shadow Street. Koontz is one of only a dozen writers that have achieved this milestone. His books have been published in 38 languages and have sold over 450 million copies to date. The New York Times describes Koontz writing as “psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.” Rolling Stone hails him as “America’s most popular suspense novelist.”

Raven Banner Entertainment is a sales, distribution and production company, based in Toronto, specializing in genre films for the worldwide market. Through its expertise in strategic project management, RBE can assist in any and all capacities of production; from acquisitions, representation, negotiations, marketing, sales and distribution. Recent releases include: Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The EndThe Frankenstein Theory, Adam Green’s Hatchet III, and Slasher Films’ Nothing Left to Fear, the debut film from musician cum producer Slash.

Sinister Cinema brings independent horror films to 25 Cineplex theatres across Canada. A joint partnership between Raven Banner Entertainment and Cineplex’s Front Row Centre Events, the films include unique content, pre-recorded interviews & more, and in some cases special appearances with directors and actors. Films screened in the series to date include: John Dies at the End, American Mary, Last Will & Testament of Rosalind Leigh, ABCs of Death, No One Lives, Hatchet 3, and Nothing Left to Fear.