‘The Host’ Trailer & Poster: Stephenie Meyer’s Alien Love Story

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight franchise has permanently altered the landscape for both young adult fiction and supernatural romance. The author’s influence is going to continue even after The Twilight Saga concludes this Friday with Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (until the impending spinoff/reboot arrives, at least). However, we’re looking ahead to the next cinematic adaptation of Meyer’s literature: the sci-fi romance/alien invasion tale, The Host.

Host boasts an intriguing metaphysical sci-fi premise - one which was adapted for the screen and directed by Oscar-nominee Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) - headlined by Oscar-nominated teen actress Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna). Twilight fans will get to see the first full trailer attached to Breaking Dawn – Part 2, but it’s now available online for everyone to view (including, those who will be passing on the final chapter in Bella Swan’s story).

This trailer gets right to the heart (re: emotional core) of Meyer’s story – namely, the blossoming love affair between Jared Howe (Max Irons, Red Riding Hood) and Melanie Stryder (Ronan), two young people living day-to-day in a post-invasion world where most of humanity has been enslaved by a race of parasitic aliens that wrestle control of their hosts’ minds and bodies (longtime sci-fi readers: think the Yeerks from Animorphs). Things get messy, though, when Melanie is captured and implanted with an unusual extraterrestrial ‘Soul’ named Wanderer (no joke) – and the two are left wrestling for control over Melanie’s physical form.

Based on the trailer footage, there does seem to be potential for Niccol’s project to entertain as a cocktail of sci-fi action, mythology, and philosophy (even though the emphasis is on the love story); likewise, there were also promising elements in the Host footage shown at this year’s Comic-Con - but will all that potential go untapped? Will The Host prove less lethargic in execution that Niccol’s under-cooked In Time? And are jokes about Meyer’s touchy-feely body snatchers going to have more, less, or equal mileage as those references to the infamous sparkling vampires from Twilight?

We’ll find out for certain next year when The Host opens in U.S. theaters on March 29th, 2013. In the meantime, here is the official poster:

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Source: Fandango, MTV 

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  1. Looks alot like the twilight saga. Skipping ofcourse!

  2. So more terrible dialogue paired with terrible writing and a contrived and insufferable love story. Painful to listen to that trailer. Looks okay on mute, though… just okay.

  3. Gayyyyyyyy

    • No, actually, specifically NOT “gay”.

      Were it “gay” it would be well-written.

      Besides, Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon.. so actually quite ANTI-gay.

      • Yea, no.

  4. Reminds me of “The Island”

  5. Twilight Saga? It’s not even a series.

    Writing and dialogue? It’s called a trailer.

    Gay? As in happy (the emotion)? There could be some happy moments.

    • Twilight saga? I don’t like the saga, I wont like this movie.

      Writing and dialogue? Its Stephanie Meyers, so it is bad.

      Gay? As in happy? No. More like THIS MOVIE WAS MADE FOR WOMEN AND NOT MEN. So as a guy, I feel like my brain has committed genocide on a few thousand brain cells after watching one of her movies.

      Here is the story (I have never read the book, and will never watch the movie) Girl likes boy, one is an alien, cue music and kissing, “I love you” happy couple, the end, credits.

      They market these kind of movies to young impressionable and insecure teenage girls. Talk about taking advantage, in all honesty, I don’t even do that for the fans of TMNT or Transformers. Yet people hate me. Meyers is 1000% worse then me and Uwe Boll put together.

      • >>Twilight saga? I don’t like the saga, I wont like this movie.

        Considering they’re different stories that really doesn’t make much sense.

        >>Writing and dialogue? Its Stephanie Meyers, so it is bad.

        It screenplay was written by Andrew Niccol and it was also directed by him. What’s your point again?

        >>Gay? As in happy? No. More like THIS MOVIE WAS MADE FOR WOMEN AND NOT MEN. So as a guy, I feel like my brain has committed genocide on a few thousand brain cells after watching one of her movies.

        Mr. Bay, you specialize in big-explosives and show little to no imagination when it comes to cinematography so that’s the pot calling the kettle black.

        >>Here is the story (I have never read the book, and will never watch the movie) Girl likes boy, one is an alien, cue music and kissing, “I love you” happy couple, the end, credits.

        Close, but no. I suggest reading the synopsis or read the actual book.

        >>They market these kind of movies to young impressionable and insecure teenage girls. Talk about taking advantage, in all honesty, I don’t even do that for the fans of TMNT or Transformers. Yet people hate me.

        So what if they do? They market Michael Bay movies to young/middle aged impressionable and less than bright boys. Talking about taking advantage, in all honesty.

        >>Meyers is 1000% worse then me and Uwe Boll put together.

        Considering Meyer never wrote the screenplays to each nor has she directed any of the Twilight movies, or this, I doubt that’s remotely true.

        • Sounds like we got ourselves a fan of lame romantic vampires who sparkle. Or a troll, after all, 99% of the people commented here agrees that Meyers’ movies suck (no pun intended, Ms. Team Edward).

          (BTW, before I go on and argue with you, do aliens in this movie also sparkle? I hope so, that really made the Twilight movies.)

          While Mr. Bays movies are bad, I would still rather watch Transformers 2 over any movie based on a Stephanie Meyers book. I saw the first Twilight and I died a little inside. This movie WILL be no different. And so what if the screenplay was written by someone else? Twilight and this movie was wrote by the same person. The movie will suck, it will be corny, and it will make aliens look like wimpy little romantic teenagers (beautifully stated by Mr. Bay when he said “They market these kind of movies to young impressionable and insecure teenage girls. Talk about taking advantage”).

          You might be the minority here, but your opinions matter, but considering that you think that this may be a good movie, your opinion is null and void.

          And if you feel the need to argue with me more, don’t. I would have no pleasure in making you sound like a moron. It would be like a professional boxer fighting my grandma, the victory would be hollow, joyless and, don’t forget, brutal. Have a nice day, and please do not pollute your biased opinion about how great of a writer Stephanie Meyers is where other people can read it, people may start avoiding you.

          Signed, the guy who wants the next Blade movie to have Edward as the villain, being tortured SAW style.

          • I don’t like Twilight, Brandon, and you don’t seem to know what the the word ‘troll’ mean. Now, of course, if you mean “a person who refutes what others have proclaimed,” then yes, but only if you change the definition of ‘troll’ to suit your narrative.

            >>(BTW, before I go on and argue with you, do aliens in this movie also sparkle? I hope so, that really made the Twilight movies.)

            No, they do not sparkle.

            >>This movie WILL be no different. And so what if the screenplay was written by someone else? Twilight and this movie was wrote by the same person.

            Since the people who brought you the Twilight movies (Meyer excluded), and the people who developed and produced The Host are different people I would refrain from such generalizations. It does you no good.

            This movie wasn’t written by Meyer, it was written by Andrew Niccol. At least learn to accept that fact.

            >>You might be the minority here, but your opinions matter, but considering that you think that this may be a good movie, your opinion is null and void.

            So you say my opinions matters yet they’re irrelevant to the discussion because I think this might be a good movie, which turns out to be a fairly unpopular opinion . . . I don’t follow that reasoning. Maybe you could clarify that. (Unless you mean that I shouldn’t voice my opinion because you disagree with them.)

            >>And if you feel the need to argue with me more, don’t. I would have no pleasure in making you sound like a moron.

            I think the contents of your post would negate that.

            >> Have a nice day, and please do not pollute your biased opinion about how great of a writer Stephanie Meyers is where other people can read it, people may start avoiding you.

            I never said that Meyer was a good writer. “Pollute your biased opinions . . . .” Biased, yes, but closer to objectivity than most of the comments here.

          • For ‘The Host’ to become a huge commercial success will depend on whether it’s targeted audience of young adults embrace it as they have done with the Twilight saga.
            We won’t know until next March if that’s the case or not.
            What we do know right now is that the acting and creative talent
            involved in the making of The Host is top drawer.
            No doubt, your post is an attempt to come across as savvy, but it’s really little more than a series of juvenile put downs.
            If you’re going to comment on a film’s worthiness, let alone it’s quality, then it’s not going to carry much weight if you’ve not
            actually seen the film in question.

  6. Good Call, I thought Animorphs immediately. Now that would be a movie i’d like to see

    • I used to LOVE animorphs when i was younger and think it would make a great movie series. It would be nothing like this though.

  7. This will clean up at the box office. Great to see a real actress in what looks like a good popcorn movie. Ronan is gold, Nicol has the talent, and together they have delivered. Can’t wait!!

  8. Saw a preview before silent hill revalations, looks interesting enough…reminds of some other movies but that is okay it may be a decent movie.

  9. poster = one girl and two guys . – AGAIN !! no thanks

    • yeah but it’s COMPLETELY different!

      One guy doesn’t sparkle, and the other still has his shirt on!

  10. The book was utter garbage. The movie looks the same.

  11. Dang I was hoping it was a remake of the korean film the host that one was cool

    • Lol. Finally, someone else gets it. That was a cool movie. Thank you.

  12. Gotta say read the book when it fit came out. Very god. THEN StephanieMeyers did a rewrite and turned it into a teen drama. It was so much etter a adult fiction. Movie looks just like Twilight only no vamps only aliens. Very sad :(

    • Rewrite? You mean Andre Niccol writing the screenplay and Open Road putting make out scenes in the trailer? That’s not a rewrite.

  13. Every girl that watched Twilight will line up to see this movie….and drag their boyfriends. This movie will make money. Myself, I will pass.

  14. Nice movie.

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