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Andrew Niccol Tapped to Direct/Write Stephenie Meyer's "The Host"

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 12, 2011 at 8:48AM

Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca") will direct and write "The Host," a screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel, Inferno Entertainment and producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz announced today. As reported earlier, Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") will head the cast.
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Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca") will direct and write "The Host," a screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel, Inferno Entertainment and producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz announced today. As reported earlier, Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") will head the cast.

For those who haven't read the book, the plot is listed below as per the release:

In "The Host," Melanie Stryder (Ronan) is one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. The story follows Melanie as she is captured by the aliens and implanted by a Soul called Wanderer, something of a legend because of all of the "hosts" she has attached to on numerous planets. Wanderer's goal is to get Melanie to give up the remaining pockets of humans, but instead the alien finds Melanie to be unique in her unwillingness to surrender her consciousness. Wanderer is so overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and feelings that she is driven to reconnect with Melanie's old life, which includes falling for Melanie’s boyfriend. The result is a complex, romantic and emotional human/alien love triangle.

Inferno, who are handling worldwide sales for the film, are in Cannes with Meyer meeting with buyers. Niccol's next project "Now," starring Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake, is slated to hits U.S. theaters October 28th.