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.
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.
We have to give kudos to TwiMoms for figuring this one out and jumping on it. Saoirse Ronan did a Twitter chat with Glamour UK starting at around 9:00am eastern time when many US fans were not up or not near computers. Here are questions that TM’s asked and us asked trying to get some Host type info out of Saoirse. We will update this post with more info as the chat progresses.
Question from @TwilightMOMS What do you think of playing Melanie & Wanderer from The Host?
Answer Saoirse: I’d love to be involved. Let’s hope.
Question @TwilightLexicon: What do you like about roles that are more physical like Hanna and Ember?
Answer: It makes me feel better about not exercising between roles.
Question Unknown Account: What did the cast do to get into the mindset of living rough (on Hanna)?
Answer: We trained in the wilderness in -30. That was rough enough.
Question Unknown Account (important because this would have been a HUGE conflict and was still listed on the IMDB): Are you doing The Hobbit?
Answer: I’ve been asked about doing The Hobbit- unfortunately I won’t be able to do it. It breaks my heart. I love Bilbo & NZ.
You can follow Saoirse Ronan on Twitter here http://twitter.com/#!/saoirse_ronan she confirmed that this was actually her account during the last moments of the chat.
“Saoirse Ronan has been set to star in The Host, the screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer. Scripted by Andrew Niccol, the film figures to be one of the hot titles when Inferno launches sales at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival next week. Niccol, who was originally set to direct, might resurface as the filmmaker…
The concept is more of a visual challenge than Meyer’s Twilight Saga books, but one thing they plan is for Ronan to play both Melanie and Wanderer…
Niccol wrote the script to direct, but left to direct Now with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. Nanny McPhee Returns director Susanna White was briefly attached, but that isn’t happening. Niccol, now done with his film, is once again in the mix as possible helmer. Inferno’s Marc Butan, Jim Seibel, Bill Johnson are exec producing and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. The film’s being funded by the producers and Inferno.”
So what do you think of Saoirse Ronan being in The Host, and for the million dollar question, Melanie/Wanderer, and exactly HOW are they going to do that? This is a really interesting turn of events because Saoirse Ronan literally just lost out on another major movie role: Katniss in The Hunger Games. That role went to Jennifer Lawrence amidst much fan controversy.
Saoirse Ronan the star of The Lovely Bones who first gained widespread attention in her role in Atonement talks about the Twilight Saga and her recent work. Rumor has it that the Lovely Bones pushed back its release date at the last minute until January in order not to compete with the Blind Slide and Twilight which were both dominating the Thanksgiving-Christmas female market.
“When reading a novel, most of us develop our own images of its characters based upon our interpretation the text. It must have been a bit surreal for you, having already played Susie, to picture yourself within the context of the book.
SR: Yeah, it’s weird. I really sympathize with the likes of Kristen Stewart, who’s playing Bella in Twilight. I think teenagers can make their points more well known than adults, and they feel quite strongly about things — [especially] with a book like Twilight, which I read and loved and that everyone just was sort of obsessed with. And if anyone has their own image of what Bella should be like and then they see Kristen, everything is blamed on her, you know? Luckily, that hasn’t happened for me, but because I’ve done about four movies now that have been based on books, I can see how people would be like that — and even how I would be like that. But I wouldn’t blame the actor or anything. I felt a little bit of pressure, not only because [The Lovely Bones] was a book but because the whole movie was, in a way, on my shoulders. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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