Saoirse Ronan Will Lead Adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's 'The Host'
In September of 2009 we learned that Gattaca and Lord of War director Andrew Niccol would be behind an adaptation of The Host, the popular novel from The Twilight Saga author Stephanie Meyer. However, since then we haven't heard much about the project, and while Niccol was said to be writing the script as well, his involvement as director has apparently been uncertain. Well, Deadline says he may still sit in the director's chair for the project, and that The Lovely Bones and Hanna star Saoirse Ronan will play Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls. More below!
These parasites invade human bodies, fuse to each person's consciousness and systematically erase their personalities. Melanie finds herself captured by the Souls and implanted by one called Wanderer, one of the more infamous of the species because she has attached herself to so many "hosts" before. Wanderer intends to use Melanie to give up the location of the remaining humans, but Melanie is relentless in her resistance to Wanderer and refuses to surrender her consciousness. In this struggle the alien apparently becomes overwhelmed by Melanie's memories and emotions and ends up reconnecting with the girl's old life.
Sounds like a story that might be harder to visualize on screen, but to help make that a little easier, Ronan will play both Melanie and Wanderer. As for Niccol's involvement, he had previously left to direct Now (the project formerly know as I'm.mortal) with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. But now that he's done with the film, he could end up directing after all. With his work on films like Gattaca and writing on others like The Truman Show, this may be one adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's writing that could turn out all right. What do you think?