Wednesday, September 23, 2009
NEWS: Stephanie Meyer's OTHER Book, The Host, To Get Film...
However, this project, I'm pretty damn excited about.
The newly crowned queen of the tween demographic, Stephanie Meyer may be best known as the author of the Twilight series (and will ALWAYS be known as that), however, she has written a book outside of that hit franchise.
The Host (NOT the brilliant Korean Monster movie of the same name), is Meyer's first "adult" novel, and involves interstellar parasites that use people as hosts to re-create society into something new. The book itself may sound a bit cliche or "The Puppet Masters"-esque as people on the web have pointed out (the Robert Heinlein film), but the reason this film is getting my interest is who they have writing the screenplay, and also direct.
According to Variety, novel has been bought by independent producers, who have recruited Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol to adapt the novel and direct. Niccol is currently putting together The Cross, but afterthat, he will jump right onto The Host, all thanks to, allegedly, Meyer's own list of her favorite films. Here's the story via /Film.
When producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz asked Meyer what some of her favorite science fiction films are, she mentioned Niccol projects Gattaca and The Truman Show. The trade says he ’sparked’ to the job after reading the book and meeting producers and Meyer; the notion of being able to make a film in his preferred genre that could siphon off some of Twilight’s audience probably didn’t hurt, either.
If that story is true, then not only is Meyer's taste in music rather top notch, but so is her taste in film, which makes the Twilight films all the more depressing to watch (really, the guy who did The Golden Compass will make your second book into a film? Really?).
All in all, the book sounds interesting, as does the choice of Niccol as a writer/director. Here's the synopsis for the book...
[Benevolent] planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a Soul [as the parasites call themselves] called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie.
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