And release dates just keep looming further and further into the future as Open Road Films has announced a March 29, 2013 (Easter weekend) timetable for the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.
Per Deadline Open Road Films previously acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film version of Meyer’s best-selling novel The Host, which will be directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), who also wrote the screenplay. It will star Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones).
The Host producers are Nick Wechsler, Chockstone Pictures’ Paula Mae Schwartz and Steve Schwartz, and Stephenie Meyer. Marc Butan, Jim Siebel, and Bill Johnson of Inferno Entertainment, which is handling international sales, are executive producers. Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel, which is providing mezzanine financing, is also an executive producer. Roger Schwartz and Lizzy Bradford are co-producers.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in February 2012 in Louisiana and New Mexico, in anticipation of the wide release on March 29, 2013.
The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
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