Some people called The Host unfilmable, but that did stop team Andrew Niccol and Chockstone Pictures!
Yahoo! Movies has posted an interview with Stephenie Meyer and Andrew Niccol from Comic Con about The Host.
It really was a partnership between Stephenie and Andrew.
Movie Fanatic: Lastly, I interviewed Stephenie Meyer when she released The Host. I told her I would really love to see this as a movie and she said, “I don’t know how it would be done. It would have to be one special filmmaker.” What are your thoughts as you’re diving into adapting it and bringing it to the screen?
Andrew Niccol: I love the subversive nature of this movie. I don’t know why aliens are always portrayed as the enemy. I love that in her book maybe they could be better for our planet. They could co-exist with us. Do you realize right now, there is more bacteria in you and me than there is us. We already co-exist with other species. So, from their point of view, they would ask, “Why are you so individualistic? Why are you all about self?” We can co-exist.
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While doing PR for his current film, In Time director Andrew Niccol, The Host director and screenwriter commented briefly on the project.
The next thing you’re working on is The Host, which you’re adapting. What is the process when you’re working with original material vs. adapting a pre-existing novel?
NICCOL: This is the first time I’m going to be directing someone else’s story and it’s quite liberating actually because I don’t have to make it up. It’s there. It’s very freeing. If you write and direct it, it’s all your fault. There’s no one you can blame.
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In this video, the LA Times was able to grab a few moments with director Andrew Niccol on the red carpet of his film In Time to talk about The Host.
His next project will be as director and writer of The Host, adapting the best-selling novel by Twilight author Stephanie Meyer about aliens inhabiting human life forms.
“It’s a liberating feeling that I’ll be directing something I haven’t had to make up. It’ll be fun. But I have to say, Stephanie gave me her 650-page book to adapt. That’s a workout to start with but I’ve managed to get it down to a script and there are two more movies coming after the initial movie,” he says. Clearly, he enjoys a challenge. “Well, yes. At first I thought, ‘this is going to be impossible’.”
Stephenie Meyer has always said that she envisioned The Host as a trilogy: The Host, The Seeker, The Soul
Andrew Niccol is slated to start work on the movie version of The Host in March. Check out the trailer of his latest work, In Time.
Andrew also directed Gattaca. What do you think of his style?
“Inferno Entertainment has nearly pre-sold all international territories for Stephenie Meyer’s pic “The Host,” one of the hot titles at this year’s Cannes market.
Pic, helmed by Andrew Niccol (who also adapted the screenplay of Meyer’s tome), is produced by Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler and Meyer while Inferno’s Marc Butan, Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson are exec-producers. Roger Schwartz serves as co-producer.
Producers are financing the pic with Inferno, which kicked off sales with a bang in Cannes last week. Meyer descended upon the Croisette to meet with buyers. The efforts proved worthwhile as pic had bidding wars in multiple territories all keen to get their hands on the next project from the woman behind the “Twilight” cash cow.
Pic is eyeing a January start date.”
According to Deadline New York, Andrew Niccol is now back on board as the director of The Host. This is no longer the rumor of last week, it is confirmation with quotes from Inferno Entertainment, the group making the film:
“Andrew Niccol has been set as the director of The Host, directing his scripted adaptation of the bestselling novel by Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer. The project, which is being shopped here at Cannes by Inferno Entertainment and producers Nick Wechsler and Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, will star Saoirse Ronan.”
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You may remember that Andrew Niccol originally penned the script and was set to direct. Then due to various issues he dropped out and Susanna White was brought on board. However it’s now back to Andrew Niccol.
Inferno Entertainment, the group making the film, issued the following statement at the Cannes Film Festival:
“Having Andrew at the helm for us is incredibly invigorating as he truly shares Stephenie’s vision on this film,” said Kimberly Fox, Inferno’s President of International Sales. “We literally began sales this week and the response from the international community, and from domestic buyers, has been beyond our highest expectations. We expect to have every territory in the world sold out very shortly, and then it’s about getting to the exciting part of making the movie.”
The group is at Cannes to hopefully find a studio to back the project.