Producers Grab Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

the-host-book-coverTwilight author Stephenie Meyer’s movie machine keeps humming along as another of her novels has been grabbed by producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz. The trio, fresh from adapting Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to the big screen, reportedly used their own funds to acquire Meyer’s The Host, her first adult novel. In addition, the producers have tapped Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) to pen the script and direct.

In case you’re only familiar with Meyer’s Twilight novels, The Host follows a similar pattern and is a bittersweet love story set in a near future Earth which has been assimilated by an alien species of benevolent parasites. These creatures call themselves “Souls.” One such soul, the Wanderer, is fused with a dying human named Melanie Stryder, in an attempt to locate the last pocket of surviving humans on Earth.

According to the report, Meyer had, in the past, refused all offers to bring The Host to the big screen. But apparently, these producers came to the table with the right combination of deal and vision for the project which finally made her agree. Having never read The Host, nor any of the Twilight novels, all I can say is this must be good news for those of you who have. Judging from fan’s reaction to those books and films, I have little doubt The Host will meet with similar success — especially if the film somehow features Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Summit releases the second adaptation of Meyers’ vampire series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, on Nov. 20.

  • CiNDiELeE
    October 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    The book is AWESOME! Here are my picks: MELANIE/WANDA: Sophia Bush, Megan Fox, Leelee Sokieski, Erika Christensen, Danielle Panabaker, Emma Stone, Minka Kelly, Mila Kunis. (the after-WANDA/PET: Ellen Page, Dakota Fanning, Sofia Vassilieva, Hayden Panettiere, Brittney Snow, Ashley Benson). JARED: Sean Faris, Channing Tatum, Matt Long, Jesse Metcalfe, Tom Welling, Billy Aaron Brown. IAN: Cam Gigandet, Lucas Black, Thomas Dekker, Mike Vogel, Chris Evans, Ben Easter. KYLE: Taylor Kitsch, Robert Hoffman, Alessandro Nivola, Jonathan Bennett, Penn Badgley, Ethan Peck. JAMIE: Max Thieriot, Evan Elingson, Carter Jenkins, Jake Pearson, Cody Linley, Josh Hutcherson. UNCLE JEB: Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Hopper, Tim Allen. Can’t wait til the movie comes out!

  • you don't need to know
    October 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    The Host is an AMAZING book. I can’t wait for the movie! I hope they do better with it then Twilight, though.

  • Emmafan
    September 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

    THe Host was an amazing book, so I think it’s terrific that It’ll be a movie! Can’t wait!

  • Cortney Zamm
    September 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I actually enjoyed The Host more than the Twilight novels- Meyers brought a lot more depth to her characters in this one. I can definitely see this making a decent film.

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