Diane Kruger In Talks For ‘The Host’; Trilogy Already Being Planned

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:31 am,

Andrew Niccol has encountered little difficulty in getting admirable talent to sign on for his next writing/directing effort – The Host, an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s popular sci-fi novel. People like Saoirse Ronan and William Hurt are already set for important lead roles, while the increasingly-popular Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, Unknown) has begun talks for a pivotal supporting part.

It turns out that Open Road Films already has big plans for the project, which could be the first installment in a new trilogy – one that (to some degree) replicates the success of Meyer’s Twilight series, if studio heads get their way.

Deadline included that tidbit about trilogy plans for the Host in its scoop on Kruger being in negotiations to join the film’s cast. Meyer previously announced her intention to develop two more Host novels, but has neither finished them nor offered any additional information about when they might be finished (at the time of writing this). So, we could end up with a situation similar to that with, say, Jurassic Park, where a sequel book wasn’t written until after the first film adaptation proved to be a box office smash.

The Host joins the increasingly long line of upcoming Hollywood projects that are being fashioned as the first entries in new trilogies, alongside titles like Snow White and the Huntsman, the World War Z adaptation, and possibly even a new big screen take on Stephen King’s The Stand – though, the latter potential three-part movie franchise remains unconfirmed, at this point.

Since this Host trilogy news is quite fresh, there’s no word yet about whether Niccol or any of the signed-on cast members already have deals in place for future sequels. Given the uncertainty surrounding this theoretical franchise right now – not to mention, the first film still being in pre-production - it might be a while before any additional (and official) insight is offered, on the matter.

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The Host takes place in a universe where parasitic extraterrestrials insert themselves into the brains of people and take control of Earth, transforming it into the new Eden – a world where things like war, poverty, and even disease are no longer a concern for the human race.

Both Meyer’s novel and Niccol’s Host film adaptation revolve around young Melanie Stryder (Ronan), a woman who refuses to accept her “host”, named Wanderer, and forces the alien to seek out Melanie’s loved ones – including, her boyfriend Jared Howe (Max Irons) and uncle Jeb (Hurt), a leader of the human resistance. Kruger, should she sign on, would play “The Seeker,” an alien being who is charged with overseeing the transfer of Wanderer’s consciousness into Melanie – and who pursues the young woman when she flees, in the hopes that Melanie will reveal the main operating base of the human resistance.

Meyer’s Host novel is generally considered to be both different AND better-written than her Twilight books, but it has not reached the daunting levels of popularity achieved by her polarizing supernatural romance saga. In that regard, there’s all the more reason to be wary about the prospect of there being either a Host book and/or movie trilogy, in the future.

However, there are some interesting existential ideas and concepts at work in Meyer’s source material, along with plot elements that allow for an interesting human vs. aliens battle. Hopefully, Niccol can properly take advantage of all those parts and craft a new thoughtful, yet viscerally-engaging sci-fi flick that’s entertaining in its own right – and not focus so much on trying to jumpstart a new franchise.

The Host is scheduled to hit theaters in the U.S. on March 29th, 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. the book is essentially Invasion of the Body Snatchers for a new generation but I really enjoyed it once I got past the slow beginning. Could be interesting as a trilogy and I really like the idea of Diane Kruger in it. Looking forward to seeing how Niccols interprets the novel.

  2. Wasn’t a fan of the book. To me it was a bunch of stuff happening that was just magical fixed and a whole lot of nothing happening. Ill pass but it will probobly be successful

  3. This is a very well written article and instead of delivering a passive-aggressive tone towards Stephenie Meyer & The Host novel it resorts to being positive and insightful about the picture’s potential. Thank you.

    I especially enjoyed this part:
    “Hopefully, Niccol can properly take advantage of all those parts and craft a new thoughtful, yet viscerally-engaging sci-fi flick that’s entertaining in its own right – and not focus so much on trying to jumpstart a new franchise.”

  4. I’m pretty sure the book sequel with show up near the movie premiering. It seems to be the standard nowadays. Consider too that Meyer has probably not published those sequels so as to not to compete with Twilight movie/books (which is already over exposed!) However, the movie sequels will ultimately depend on how much money this movie makes.

    I also agree Niccol should just focus on making this one film good, hopefully he won’t be as pressure by the studio (as it seems to have been the case with In Time) given that even Meyer herself is producing.

  5. I absolutely loved the book and I think the cast so far is absolutely fantastic (can’t wait to see Jake Abel as Ian!) I’m not super comfortable with the idea of a trilogy, though, unless the books somehow came out first. Right now it just seems like a cash grab.
    Also, I love Diane Kruger and I could be remembering wrong, but wasn’t the seeker black?

  6. When is National Treasure 3 coming out?

  7. I thought this was about the Korean The Host I loved that one.

  8. Man people in Hollywood are so hungry for a cash grabbing trilogy that they plan a series of movie before they even shoot a frame of film on the first one. Guess being confident counts for something.

    The fact that the books they are basing these films off of aren’t even written yet makes it even better.

    • Dont confuse confidence with greed :)

  9. I frequently wonder how low hollywood can fall…apparently even if they hit rock bottom they’re still digging…
    Didn’t they learn anything with green lantern???? focus on making a good movie and if you have an audience and another good story that makes sense THEN AND ONLY THEN make a sequel. That’s it. I,for one, won’t go see their stupid snowwhite and the huntsman and all those prepackaged trilogy!

    BTW diane kruger is hardly growing more popular:inglorious bastard has been a jump start for christopher walz and michael fassbender… not so much for kruger who was already in troy as f…. helen of troy!!! and is the leading women in the national treasure franchise. This kind of qualification would be more deserved for carrey mulligan

    • If you watched any Andrew Niccol films the antagonist doesn’t need to be a Grade A actor – most of his characters need a decent actress and if you’ve read “The Host” the role of The Seeker is rather 2 dimensional. Kruger should be able to carry the role just fine.

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