Stephen Sommers is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns. He also directed Disney’s live action version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the action/horror film Van Helsing, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Date Of Birth
March 20, 1962
Place Of Birth
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Screenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Television producer, Television Director, Actor
College of Saint Benedict (1980)
United States of America
Jana Sommers (m. 1993)
Ashley Sommers, Samantha Sommers
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The Mummy, Van Helsing, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Mummy Returns, Odd Thomas, Deep Rising, The Jungle Book, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Scorpion King, Catch Me If You Can, Tom and Huck, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior, Oliver Twist, Stone, Whe…
[on why he will not be a screenwriter for “Magic Kingdom for Sale”] I usually write everything I direct, and I’m tired of working seven days a week. It’ll be fun to turn to Lowell and Babaloo and go, ‘You figure it out.’
Don’t let them tell you less is more. More is more.
[He has just demonstrated (badly) what emotion he wants in a chase scene, then looks at the camera] You see that? That was me acting. That’s why I stay back here.
Currently lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
Went to film school and frequently works with editor/writer Bob Ducsay.
Attended the USC School in Cinema-Television for three years, receiving his Master’s degree.
Attended St. John’s University and the University of Seville in Spain.
Industrial Light and Magic jokingly created the “Stephen Sommers Scale” to measure the extent of digital effects used in a given movie scene. The four parts of the scale, from lowest to highest, are “What the Shot Needs”, “What the Computers Can Handle”, “Oh my God, the Computers Are About to Crash”, and finally “What Stephen Wants”.
Attended and graduated from Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota.