Andrew Niccol’s THE HOST Gets U.S. Distribution
Open Road has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host. This new Open Road distribution business was formed by theater chains AMC and Regal. This marks there second large acquisition.
The Host is set to be directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is set to play the lead character Melanie Stryder. Stryder is one of the final humans putting up a battle against an alien species known as Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul referred to as Wanderer (who Saorise will also play), something of a legend because of all of the “hosts” she has connected to on numerous planets. Wanderer’s objective is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but rather the alien finds Melanie to be exclusive in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie’s memories and feelings, the alien is driven to reconnect with Melanie’s old existence.
I am not really the biggest fan of Meyer’s perform, but this film has some solid talent involved. Is there a chance this could finish up getting a good movie? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Heres the description from the book:
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, getting rid of war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, specifically Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul referred to as Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair locate Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. As soon as the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s complete viewpoint on humanity alterations. While the straightforward narrative is quick on detail about the invasion and its beautiful aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, specially when a enjoy triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie.