STEPHEN SOMMERS (Produced by) wrote and directed The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. He also wrote and produced the spin-off, The Scorpion King. He wrote and directed The Adventures of Huck Finn, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Robards; The Jungle Book, starring Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill and John Cleese; and Deep Rising, starring Treat Williams and Famke Janssen. Sommers wrote and executive-produced Disney’s Tom and Huck, starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Brad Renfro. For television, he wrote and executive-produced Oliver Twist, again working with Wood as well as Richard Dreyfuss. Sommers is currently filming Paramount Pictures’ G.I. Joe, starring Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jonathan Pryce, for a release in August 2009.
A native of Minnesota, Sommers attended St. John’s University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterwards, Sommers spent the next four years in Europe, working in street theater and managing rock bands.
From there, he relocated to Los Angeles and attended the USC School of Cinema-Television for three years, earning a master’s degree, where he wrote and directed an award-winning short film, Perfect Alibi. With independent funding, he wrote and directed his first motion picture, Catch Me If You Can (1989), which was filmed in his hometown of St. Cloud, Minnesota.