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Selling the screen rights and The Host is currently in pre-production. Casting process and auditions for the movie are now on-going, with filming set to start next year in early 2011.
Nick Wechsler Productions and Chockstone Pictures are teaming up to produce this long awaited film. Andrew Niccol is going to direct the whole thing. Niccol lately produced, wrote (screenplay), and directed the highly awaited Sci-Fi film ‘The Cross’ where you can see Orlando Bloom. His nomination for an Academy Award in 1999 for “The Truman Show“.
Stephenie Meyer’s take on the book being made into a movie her response was, “Definetely im excited to be working with Paula Mae Schwartz, Nick Weschler and Steve and to make The Host to a visual format. They have all been a dream to be with and make such a thing, so beautiful and collaborative, also I feel like we’re in a really good position to make a great movie together. And then having Andrew Niccol writing and directing? Truly amazing.”
#1 New York Times Best Seller The Host remained on the list for 26 weeks, and also spent 36 weeks on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. The Host is expected to be the first of three in a trilogy. The sequels will be titled ” The Seeker ” and ” The Soul “.
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On April 13, author Stephenie Meyer will publish the paperback edition of her best-selling sci-fi book “The Host.” Meyer, the author behind the “Twilight” series of books, will include in the coming version of “The Host” a never-before seen “bonus chapter.” “The Host,” Meyer’s first novel for adults, tells the story of body-snatching aliens who invade the earth. One of these extraterrestrials, who goes by the name Wanda, develops an unusual relationship with Melanie, the woman whose body she has taken over.
Here is an exclusive mini-excerpt from the paperback:
I’m all alone.
It’s dark. I can’t remember where I am … or why I’m here. It’s wrong that I’m alone. Where is Wanda? I can’t see to look for her. I can’t remember how to call for her. It’s silent. I can’t feel her. I can’t feel our body.
Panic starts to set in as I wait for her voice. For her to say my name. To tell me where we are. To open my eyes so we can see. I need to hear her voice — my voice, in my softest tone, my gentlest inflection.
I wait, but there is nothing. Just me and the dark.
The panic gets worse as I try to remember. Did she shut me out again? That happened once, I know, but I don’t remember it. I don’t think it was like this, panicking in the dark. It was just nothing then.
And I don’t think Wanda would do that. Because we love each other. I remember we said that. Just before …something. I try to dredge up the memory.
We were saying we loved each other.… We were saying …
With the film installments of her "Twilight" novels not yet fully completed, Stephenie Meyer is already well into the development of her next film franchise. According to Deadline.com, the adaptation of the author's first adult novel, "The Host," could go before cameras as early as next year.
Published in 2008, the book involves benevolent yet parasitic aliens who have taken over the minds of almost all the humans on Earth. Upon its release, Meyer described the plot to MTV News as " 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' if the aliens had won."
Although financing is not yet in place and no definite shooting schedule is planned for the sci-fi/horror hybrid, producer Steve Schwartz divulged that "Truman Show" Oscar-nominee Andrew Niccol is currently working on his third draft of the screenplay, with the author's close involvement. Niccol is also signed on to direct the film.
Schwartz, who is now budgeting the project with co-producers Paula Mae Schwartz and Nick Wechsler, again noted that Meyer handpicked the filmmaker because Niccol's directorial debut, "Gattaca," is one of her favorite science-fiction films. However, his hire was not immediate.
"We spent time with Andrew," Schwartz explained. "Listened to his vision, introduced Andrew to Stephenie and she responded. There is very good chemistry in this group. Stephenie is a very smart collaborator, and she had an intuitive strong hunch he would be the right guy. Based on the script we've seen, we think she was right."
Fans will have to wait and see if Meyer is also right about her dream cast for the film, which she told MTV News in 2008 includes Robert Redford, Matt Damon and both Ben and Casey Affleck. Another uncertainty is when — or if — Meyer will ever finish her two planned sequels to "The Host."
Regardless of whether or not the adaptation spawns further novels or movies, a 2011 shoot could put "The Host" in theaters before the "Twilight Saga" ends, depending on when the second part to the two-film adaptation of "Breaking Dawn" is released.
Plus, with Meyer's announcement of the "Eclipse" spin-off novella"The short Second life of Bree Tanner", there's now a tease that Summit Entertainment could extend the hot vampire film series even further than a fifth installment.