Stephenie Meyer's The Host Gets a Distributor and Release Date
06.27.11 by Chris
A release date has been set for a new movie based on a Stephenie Meyer book. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) this one doesn't involve vampires.
Open Road Films, an upstart distributor, announced today it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the movie adaptation of Meyer's 2008 "adult" novel The Host and will release the movie March 29, 2013.
According to Open Road, principal photography is scheduled to start in February 2012 in Louisiana and New Mexico. The sci-fi movie stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) and is being written and directed by Andrew Niccol.
Here's a movie synopsis:
The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
The Host was the #1 book on the The New York Times Bestseller List for 26 weeks. Will it follow the success of Meyer's $1.5B-and-counting Twilight series?