Stephenie Meyer Novel ‘The Host’ Optioned For A Movie

In other news, water is still wet. I think the most surprising thing about the news that “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s novel “The Host” got picked up for a big screen adaptation is that it took so long to actually happen. Summit Entertainment has been doing so well with the “Twilight” series, you’d think they would have optioned the other Meyer book ages ago.

Instead, Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz ponied up to grab the rights for themselves, tapping “The Truman Show” writer Andrew Niccol to develop a script, according to a report in Variety. Wechsler and the Schwartzes are also the producers behind director John Hillcoat’s upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel “The Road.”

Like “Twilight,” “The Host” is primarily a love story. In place of vampires we have well-intentioned extraterrestrial parasites called Souls. One such Soul, known as the Wanderer, joins itself to a dying human in the hopes of finding the remaining survivors of the human race. I’ve not read the book, but that’s the basic gist of it.

It’s worth noting that Niccol, who also wrote “Gattaca” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal,” landed the job because of Meyer. When the producers asked the author what her favorite sci-fi flicks were, both “The Truman Show” and “Gattaca” placed in the top five. Granted, it’s been more than a decade since Niccol’s 1997/1998 one-two punch, but “The Host” could certainly give the talented writer a much-deserved boost… especially if the “Twilight” fanbase latches on.

That brings me to the big question. Where do you Twilighters in the audience fall on this? Is “The Host” any good? Are you excited at the idea of it being adapted for film? Which actors do you see for the key roles?