Today we get word from Variety that Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host (which is nothing to do with the Twilight series, FYI!) has been acquired by producers for adaptation to the big-screen. The 600-plus page science fiction-romance novel is the first adult novel written by Meyer.
Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz have used their own money to acquire the screen rights to Meyer's The Host (not to be mistaken for the Korean monster movie from 2006). The book 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." The adaptation is set to be written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Lord of War, Gattaca, The Truman Show).
Variety reports that the producers have been trying to acquire The Host for a while now, lobbying Meyer and her UTA reps with "a significant offer, a strong vision for the project and a collaborative spirit." Meyer eventually said yes to them (persistence CAN work :P ). Writer/director Niccol came into consideration for the adaptation when Meyer was asked what her favorite sci-fi movies were, with a couple of the replies being Gattaca (which Niccol wrote and directed) and The Truman Show (which Niccol wrote).
Meyer has been heavily involved in the screen adaptations of the Twilight series, and the producers of The Host are hoping for the same thing from the author: "We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions... 'Twilight' has proven she knows more about what works than most."
The Host sounds to me like a kind of romance version of Alex Proyas' fantastic sci-fi flick, Dark City, from the late '90s, although that may very well be a completely untrue comparison coming from someone who hasn't read Meyer's novel. But it certainly sounds quite interesting to me, and the fact that Niccol - the writer of The Truman Show and writer/director of Gattaca and Lord of War - is going to be making it definitely has me interested.
Do you like the sound of The Host? Anyone out there read Meyer's novel, and if so, what do you think of a movie being made out of it?
No release date has been set for The Host as of yet.
Source: Variety and Collider