Stephen Sommers (born March 20, 1962) 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 the 2009 film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Stephen Sommers was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota where he attended St. Cloud Apollo High School. He is a 1980 graduate of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the University of Seville in Spain. After graduating, he spent four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout Europe. He eventually returned to the United States and moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts for three years, earning a master’s degree and writing and directing the award-winning short film Perfect Alibi.
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At least Stephen Sommers' films express an unpretentious love of movies. Van Helsing is a train wreck, but I still give it decent marks, if only for the amazing black and white intro.