September 23, 2009

'The Host' Movie Rights Acquired!

ooh! Who should play Wanderer? :-)

Variety reports that Stephenie Meyer's The Host may be turned into a movie:
Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz have used their own money to acquire screen rights to "The Host," the first adult novel written by Stephenie Meyer, author of the "Twilight" series.

Andrew Niccol will write the script and direct.

Meyer's novel is a love story set in the near future on Earth, which has been assimilated by an alien species of benevolent parasites that 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.

Wechsler and the Schwartzes are separately teamed on "The Road," the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel that will be released Nov. 25 by the Weinstein Co. They are also producing the Paul Schrader-scripted "The Dying of the Light" and an adaptation of Pete Takada book "An Eye at the Top of the World," which Ryne Douglas Pearson is adapting.

In addition to writing four volumes of the "Twilight" series, Meyer has been heavily involved in the screen transfers, and she spurned several overtures for "The Host." The producers continued lobbying the author and her UTA reps with a significant offer, a strong vision for the project and a collaborative spirit. Meyer eventually said yes.

In fact, Niccol first came under consideration after Wechsler and the Schwartzes asked Meyer what her favorite science fiction films are. "Gattaca" and "The Truman Show" were in her top five; Niccol wrote and directed "Gattaca" and scripted the Peter Weir-directed "The Truman Show."

Niccol most recently wrote and directed Orlando Bloom starrer "The Cross."

"We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions," Wechsler said. "Twilight" has "proven she knows more about what works than most."
Sweet!

[via RobPattzNews]

26 comments:

  1. IM SO EXCITED :D

    -krystal

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  2. I was just saying this weekend how I thought the Host would be a great movie!! I hope they do it justice and it doesnt turn into some cheesy sci-fi low budget film...

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  3. SWEEEETTT!!! Keep them coming please!!! Smart move, they know this movie will do well no matter what since its coming from Stephanie Meyer. I for sure will go see it cuz I thought the book was great :)

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  4. I just gave my copy of the host to my dad to read (he likes sci fi)and he could not get into it at all and quit reading it about half way through! (not technical enough I guess like Dan Browns stuff) I thought it was good (and I hate sci fi). I think this will be great on screen! Then maybe my dad will likey:)

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  5. The beginning was really hard to get through, if they can manage to get the names to actually sound like names and not B&J's ice cream flavors then the hard part is done!

    Wanda & Ian! =D

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  6. Okay don't flame me, but I read The Host and I thought it was horrible! I mean I couldn't even finish the last hundred pages because I already knew what was going to happen and it wasn't worth wasting any more of my time. That said -- I still think it has enormous potential to be a great movie with some serious rewrites, great actors, and a talented director. I just didn't like the main character Wanderer much. Meyer expects us to like her, but she'a parasite. How are we supposed to support a parasite? I don't think Meyer pulled off the kind of complexity that that kind of story requires.I didn't even like any of her characters enough to care what happened to them. Compared to Twilight, I thought The Host was a disaster, but hey, they can't all be Twilight books. I wish she would just write another Twilight book.

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  7. I, too, wish that Stephenie Meyer would return to writing books for the Twilight series. Her idea of writing complementary books giving Edward's perspective throughout the saga would make her fans extremely happy. How do we start a movement to let her know what her fans want so very much!?

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  8. I actually enjoyed the Host. I am glad for the departure from the Twilight series. As a writer you have to continue to try new things. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the Twilight series more. However, the Host was solid and entertaining. I look forward to the potentially good movie!

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  9. OOOH! Although I didn't like this book as much, I'd still be excited to see the movie - whoop!
    - Lorabell

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  10. That's awesome - I really hope they actually make the movie and it doesn't turn out like A Great & Terrible Beauty or Looking for Alaska where the rights get sold but nothing ever comes of it.

    And I hope if it does get made, they don't mess up the casting, but other than that, I'm really excited for it, I loved The Host. :]

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  11. I must confess I haven't read the book...I really really tried but got bored and I haven't tried again...but definitely will see the movie! Helloo is Stephanie Meyer!!! haha

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  12. omg so exciting! I really loved the book, and I wasn't expecting to! Yay.

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  13. Of course nothing is going to be quite as good as the Twilight series. But you can't expect her to stay there forever. Writers need to be open to new things and bring us new characters and new ideas to love. I thought the Host was a wonderful change and such an exciting new world to fall into and get lost in. I'm very excited about the wonderful possibilities that the movie will bring. But I do wish she would write something new now.

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  14. I really loved this book -- all on it's own -- and not just cause Steph wrote it ;);) It's an awesome story. I hope she makes a series out of it as well. Now this movie announcement is awesome! Especially since she will be involved in the production!

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  15. Bought the book, read about 20 pages, then put it away. It was way too boring for me. Did anyone else have this problem. Does it get any better?

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  16. @Trenchy... Yes, you have to get thru the first couple of chapters and then you won't want to put it down...

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  17. I'm more excited about this than Twilight. (A part of me still feels like Catherine's take on the first movie was merely mediocre, so I prefer the books). But The Host? Ian's perfect, and he's actually human. Haha. I sooo hope this happens.

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  18. I read The Host, didn't particularly like it, but will definately re-read since a movie is on the way. Sometimes things are better the second time around. She may to advanced in age, but I think Angelina Jolie would make a good Mel.

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  19. I am extremely excited about the move adaptation! I loved the book. It was chock-full of complex characters and Steph's fine attention to detail: explaining the caves and everything was perfect.

    xAmandax:
    I too loved Ian, but I wouldn't call him perfect, especially in the beginning, when Mel and Wanda first get to the caves.

    Z any Mouse: It was better the 2nd time around:) And I think the girl from the movie 'Stick it' (Missy Peregrym) would be a perfect Mel. Sorry, I cannot stand Angelina Jolie!

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  20. Also, it will be really interesting to see how they go about doing the cerebral dialog between Mel and Wanda.

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  21. I bought the Host along time ago and haven't read it yet. What does that say for my Twilight obsession? LOL. I'm gonna start tonight.

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  22. I'll have to try reading it again. Like some of the others, I tried a couple of times but just couldn't get into it.

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  23. Yes Yes Yes YES!!! I am so excited. I read the book back in January and completely fell in love with it. I actually just reread it this weekend. So Excited!!! Thank you Stephanie for letting this book be turned into a movie production! You are the best <3

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  24. YES. I actually prefered this book over the Twilight Series.
    I'm so stoked for thiss...
    I love I O'Shea...and Wanderer!!

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