June 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
in General News
Fans of the “Twilight” saga won’t have to mourn too hard after “Breaking Dawn: Part 2″ wraps up the series in November 2012, as the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s next novel is following right on its heels. Open Road Films announced via press release today that Meyer’s alien actioner “The Host”, helmed by Andrew Niccol and starring young Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, will hit theaters on March 29, 2013.
Niccol has long been attached to the project, writing the screenplay, signing on, dropping out and signing back on as director, while Ronan’s attachment was announced in May. The story centers around a post-apocalyptic world in which aliens called Souls have body-snatched and are occupying the majority of the human population. Ronan plays Melanie Stryder, whose body is taken over by a Soul named Wanderer. However, Melanie’s strong will to survive have the two consciousnesses fighting for domination and eventually becoming allies as they set out to find Jared, the man Melanie loves, and their small colony of human resistance.
Shooting is scheduled for February 2012 in Louisiana and New Mexico.
Los Angeles, CA, June 27, 2011 – Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “The Host,” the big screen adaptation of Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel. As previously announced, “The Host” will be directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”), who also wrote the screenplay, and will star Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”). Open Road Films has set a March 29, 2013 release date (Easter weekend) for “The Host.”
“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 being 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.