It’s no secret that readers become protective of their beloved novels when a film company takes on the ambitious task of turning it into a movie. Fans rally behind their favorite actors to play the lead roles and voice their concerns over the script staying true to the book. When it comes to Stephenie Meyer’s, “The Host,” the response has been no different.
Luckily fans have been warm to lead actors Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons, but will they be happy with the script? Cast your worries aside Meyer fans! When MTV News headed out for a behind-the-scenes look at the big-screen adaptation of Meyer’s novel, she told us that she’s had more input in this film thanks to director Andrew Niccol.
“Andrew and I work pretty well together, he’s really, really great,” Meyer said. “And so he was super easy to work with. In the script-writing process he loved to hear what I had to say and worked really well with me on that. He’s really about, ’What do you think about this? What do you think about that?’ I think [I have more input] because we are really in sync.”
Both parts sci-fi and romance, Meyer’s story follows the invasion of an alien race called Souls. Like parasites, they enter the human body, but these trespassers erase their host’s personalities. When Melanie Styder’s (Ronan) parasite, Wanderer, becomes engulfed in Melanie’s memories instead of erasing them, she develops her own feelings for Melanie’s love Jared (Max Irons) and allies with her host body to find him.
Meyer told us that filming the movie has been a welcome experience, partly due to a change of scenery—no more dreary Forks for this writer! “This [set] has beautiful landscapes everywhere we’ve been and so that’s been kind of different, too. We’re not in a forest where you can’t really see, we have all this beautiful stuff. It’s great.”
And while the author is enjoying her time on set, she also revealed that she misses “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
“It seems funny not to have Kristen here,” she said. “’I’m on a set, why can’t I talk to Kristen?’ That’s a little funny.”
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