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Twilight writer's sci-fi novel heads for big screen
HOT OFF THE PRESS!! Stephenie Meyer's The Host, the first book for grown-ups, looks set to follow its teen-vampire predecessors into the multiplexes.
Andrew Niccol, who wrote and directed Gattaca, will reprise both roles for The Host, billed as a love triangle involving two bodies. In a near future in which Earth has been overrun by alien body-snatchers, one of their number is fused with a dying woman in an attempt to track down the planet's last remaining human resistance. However, complications ensue when the alien finds herself falling in love with the human's missing mate.
Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz funded the rights deal themselves, apparently securing it after impressing Meyer with their vision and collaborative impulse. "We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions," Wechsler said. "Twilight has proven she knows more about what works than most."