STEPHEN SOMMERS (Director / Writer / Producer) reinvigorated an entire genre
with the release of his blockbuster Universal films The Mummy and its sequel, The
The Mummy, an action-adventure thrill ride starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel
Weisz, was a smash hit. Its sequel, The Mummy Returns, also written and directed by
Sommers, did record-breaking business its opening weekend, grossing $68.1 million
domestically and later became the first film of 2001 to cross the $200 million milestone
overseas. The worldwide box office tally for The Mummy Returns has now reached $429
Not to be outdone, the DVD release of The Mummy Returns registered the biggest
first week in DVD history with consumers purchasing more than two million units of a
record-breaking initial 4.5 million unit shipment. Combined DVD and VHS sales of The
Mummy Returns have racked up more consumer sales in the first week than any other
title since Toy Story 2, and DVD sales bested the biggest DVD of all time: Gladiator.
In addition to Universal's The Mummy series, Sommers was also a writer and
producer on The Scorpion King, starring WWF superstar The Rock. The Scorpion King
opened at the top of the box office in April, 2001, taking in $36.1 million at the domestic
box office and to date has grossed $151 million worldwide. In the wake of the
phenomenal success of these films, Universal Pictures signed Sommers in 2002 to a
multi-year deal to write, produce and direct films for the studio.
Sommers is also set to expand the world he created in Van Helsing with the
dramatic fantasy television series Trannsylvania for Universal Pictures / Universal
Networks Television / NBC. Sommers will executive-produce (along with partner Bob
Ducsay) and will write the initial episodes for Trannsylvania, which is inspired by the
film and will introduce new characters, storylines, conflicts and creatures.
Earlier films written and directed by Sommers include The Adventures of Huck
Finn, starring Elijah Wood, Jason Robards and Robbie Coltrane; The Jungle Book, with
Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill and John Cleese; and Deep Rising, starring Treat
Williams and Famke Janssen. Sommers wrote and executive-produced Tom and Huck,
with Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro.
Sommers attended St. Johns University and The University of Seville in Spain
and earned a masters degree from the U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television.
Sommers resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.
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