Teaser Trailer for “The Host”, Another Film Based On a Stephanie Meyer Book [VIDEO]
Twi-Hards rejoice, there’s more theatrical Stephanie Meyer after “Twilight” leaves the theater.
Due in theaters March 29, 2013 is the first non-Twilight Stephanie Meyer adaptation, titled “The Host”, and we have the first teaser trailer. Like any good teaser trailer, it tells us absolutely nothing!
Going away from so-called “Vampires” (I’m sorry… the creatures in “Twilight” do not fit the definition of vampires!) in her previous works, Meyer’s “The Host” is an alien invasion story with body-snatching. According to wikipedia,
“Alien beings from another planet have invaded the earth and have begun to take over the bodies and minds of humans. Melanie Stryder’s body has been inhabited by one of the “souls” named Wanderer, but she refuses to fade away.”
So far Meyer has only written one book in the series, which she said she’d like to be a trilogy. Meyer has said that she has outlines for the two following books, tentively titled “The Soul” and “The Seeker”, but she has not followed through on writing them yet. During a Q&A session, Meyer expressed concern about continuing the series, as the world in “The Host” is a dangerous place where any character could die, and she’s not sure if she’s ready to kill off these characters (Oh boo hoo! Call J.K. Rowling and ask her for pointers.). More than likely, if this film were a hit, that would warrant Meyer finishing the last two books.
The cast of “The Host” includes Saoirse Ronan, William Hurt, and Diane Kruger, and will be written and directed by Andrew Niccol. That’s actually good to hear, as Niccol’s previous writing credits include “The Truman Show” and “Gattaca”, which he also directed. A problem I heard several fans express about the Twilight Saga was the substandard screen writer not being able to transfer Meyer’s words to a workable big-screen production. Niccol’s track record makes me believe he’s someone who could succeed in that respect. Obviously I’m not the biggest fan of Meyer as a writer. I think she can make a terrific overall story, but her actual writing is just average and very narrow in scope, not painting a big picture for the reader. I’m interested to see where this movie can go. Meyer’s base idea is very interesting, and an experienced writer/director like Niccol is just what the book needs to be not only a box office hit, but a well-received movie critically, something the Twilight Saga just hasn’t been able to achieve.