Susanna White to Direct The Host

Variety got the scoop!

Susanna White (“Nanny McPhee Returns”) is attached to direct the feature adaptation of “The Host,” author Stephenie Meyer’s follow-up to “The Twilight Saga.”

Nick Wechsler will produce the indie through his eponymous banner, along with Chockstone Pictures’ Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz.”

This is a change from Andrew Nichol, who was originally set as the writer/director. Note there are some websites claiming that production is starting this spring, that has not been confirmed. In our opinion, we would not think the production will really get underway until May, at the earliest, as Stephenie Meyer is fully embroiled with Breaking Dawn filming until then. She has been hands on with the Twilight Saga movies and most likely would have the same clout on The Host movie, especially since it’s a small indie company doing the project.

Of particular note is the Twilight connection. Susanna directed Generation Kill that co-starred Kellan Lutz. Kellan’s name has long been suggested by fans as a contender for Jared and Ian.

This film will depend on a sense of CGI, a love of romance and action. Check out this Susanna interview. It seems like she might have it all.


  1. Exciting!

  2. Cannot wait! 🙂

  3. I really, really (really) hope they go all out on the CGI on other worlds: Avatar x 8 = The Host

    Crossing fingers!!

  4. I love this book, but I have no idea if they’re going to be able to successfully make this movie. 99% of the story happens in a character’s thoughts. I cannot fathom how they will turn it into a visual protrayal. This movie is either going to be unbelievably successful or it will crash and burn; there will be no middle ground.

  5. Susanna White directed the AWESOME adaptation of Jane Eyre with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. I’m excited!

  6. so excited to see news about the host! I’m glad to see things are moving forward!

  7. Would be nice if SM would move forward with the rest of the series!

  8. I’m excited about this because I want the movie to start shooting and if Andrew wrote the screenplay and we get the right actors THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE GOOD and I don’t want it to be ruined like Twilight. And I hope a bigger company buys it.

  9. O yey! I’m so glad to hear about the host. Can’t wait for this movie!

  10. No offense to Kellan lovers, but if he was cast as Jared or Ian, I would shoot myself in the foot.

    Aside from not wanting The Host to be mixed with Twilight when the two things are completely different, I also feel like most of the Twilight cast would turn the movie into a mess. Having them be hot, teenage vampires in a big family that sparkle in the sun? Um, okay, whatever. One of the humans hiding out in caves after the world has been taken over by aliens (a situation which is infinitely more adult, IMO)? No, thank you. I admire some of the Cullens very much, but I still don’t think most of the cast has the acting chops (yet) to pull off the world of The Host. I would prefer to see more A-list actors or very talented unknowns, since I think TH has much more potential to be an intense, more adult-oriented film than Twilight ever did.

    Again, I hope I’m not offending anyone, as this is only my opinion. I love Twilight, but I have to say I am a much bigger fan of The Host, and I don’t want to see it ruined or turned into a ‘teenybopper’ film by rabid Twifans.

  11. edwardsmylion says:

    I am a rabid Twilighter but I agree with Kat – the Host is a different experience and should have different cast members. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

  12. This distresses me greatly………
    How is someone who directed Nanny McFee at all ready to direct a purebred scifi like the Host? And what is the deal with the whole “indie” thing. I’m all for Slumdog millionaire, but if there is even a hint of Bollywood in the Host, I will be forced to shoot myself in the head. They shouldn’t underestimate the success of a movie based off The Host, as they did with twilight. They hired a crappy director and had a low budget for the first twilight movie, and when it became successful they scrambled to make the sequels into something of quality, that was up-to-par with other movies. I like the movies because they a nostalgic for me, but if I hadn’t fallen in love with the books first, I would have probably thought the first Twilight was a POS, lol


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