“The Host” Movie Update

Mar 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Book News, Featured Articles, Movie News

Deadline New York is reporting that screenwriter Andrew Niccol is working on the third draft of “The Host” screenplay, with hopes that the movie will start filming in early 2011!  Click here to read the full article!

Because the producers used their own money, they were not hostage to choosing the flavor of the moment, but rather the right guy. Schwartz said the search went like this: “We asked Stephenie what her favorite science fiction movies were, and one of them was Gattaca,” he sald. “We spent time with Andrew, listened to his vision, introduced Andrew to Stephenie and she responded. There is very good chemistry in this group. Stephenie is a very smart collaborator, and she had an intuitive strong hunch he would be the right guy. Based on the script we’ve seen, we think she was right. We’re thinking this will be shot in early 2011.”

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104 Comments to ““The Host” Movie Update”

  1. HeatherRD says:

    I’d been wondering what was happening with The Host movie.

  2. Sarah says:

    Me too actually. I just started rereading the Host a couple days ago, almost finished with it. I’m excited for the movie now!

    • Janna says:

      lol i just finished reading the host for the second time a couple of days ago! x] but i had no idea it was being turned into a movie. Not sure i like that idea! …i’d preferre if it was left to the imagination. But thats just my opinion. I see alot of people are really excited about it! x]

      • Joseph says:

        Jana,
        If you read it twice how is it you would not want to live it out in another media? I see it as a way to continue the journey, speaking of which HOST II, HOST II! Glad for the newest Stephanie Meyer book. Keep us guessing Steph. :)

      • Em says:

        i really hope they dont make a mess of it like they did with twilight. this book dosent have a series so it cant get better in time. they have to see that. i might not even watch the movie if the trailer reminds me of the horror that was the twilight movie.

    • Hali says:

      I am finishing up The Host book for my 11th time :) I am so in LOOOOVE with that book!! I can’t wait to see it in the movies when it comes out!! GO TEAM WANDA!! GO TEAM IAN!! Lol I love them together… I honestly don’t really like Jared, but after I read the bonus chapter, I started to like him more. :)

      PEACE . LOVE . THE HOST

  3. rachel says:

    YES!

  4. liza says:

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    Have they started casting yet?

  5. Megan says:

    I can’t wait!!

  6. You all that are talking smack about Stephanie Meyer don’t know crab, just butt out and let people live! Idiots.

  7. Boo Eugeniu says:

    The Host… Man.. can’t wait it… I sooooooo want to see Ian… Muaah
    Love You Ian …!!

  8. Diane DeLauer says:

    I can only invision Evangeline Lilly as Melanie, please cast Evangeline Lilly!

    • sunny wood says:

      “Freckles” is wayyy too tiny to be Melanie, although she’s got the toughness nailed. Maybe Kelly Killoren-Bensimon, or maybe Blake Lively.

      • Noelle says:

        Evangaline Lily, wouldn’t work, isn’t Mel supposed to be fairer? I mean I know they can dye her hair and all but it won’t look right.

        • MAC says:

          really? i think “freckles” would be an awesome melanie! i mean she can have that get down and dirty look, but still look pretty. and melanie is supposed to be pretty tough for a girl( though no offense to us females) and i think evangeline can totally do it.

        • september lukic says:

          From what I got out of the book Melanie had dark hair and tan skin so why would her hair have to be lighter? She was not fair.

    • Jennifer says:

      I think Evageline Lily would be perfect too! And I’m REALLY hoping to see Sam Elliot as Uncle Jeb!

    • erma says:

      i think Megan fox can be great as melani and she know ahow to act

    • Evangeline Lilly Is WAY too old to play Melanie, cast someone who’s, like, 17! not 30! I kinda want Lily cole to play wanda at the end, because she’s sweet, and petite, and perfect. But thats just my opinion folks, don’t have a panic attack!
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  9. rachel says:

    i just saw a trailer for the host on youtube. it was jessica alba,jenson ackels, and haydon christianson. with christian bale but i can not find anything that says it was even filmed or anything about a realese date.

  10. Christine says:

    In the last week I have read The Host 9 times and I just love it. At first I thought I wouldn’t like it, so when I got to the part with her falling in love with Ian I read it soo fast I missed a couple minor things. READ IT!!!!!!!

  11. renee says:

    I saw that trailer as well! Now I can’t find anything on it. I thought maybe I was loosing my marbles:) Maybe someone leaked it:(

    • Kristi says:

      they don’t actually have any trailers yet. the ones on youtube are only fan made. they won’t begin filming until 2011. and i’m pretty sure they want to cast a lot of unknown actors and actresses so don’t expect to know any of them really well. however, i think jensen ackles would make the perfect jared. can’t wait to find out more info about the movie. and i wish stephenie would hurry up and finish the host sequel cuz i’m dying for a new book to read. i think this bree tanner short novel thing is a joke.

      • shandi says:

        I just looked up jensen ackles because I didn’t know who he was and I agree he would be perfect. before I was thinking Drew Fuller, but he may not be young enough.

  12. Emily says:

    I read the book a few months ago i am absoulutly in love with it i cant wait to see the movie now ive been wondering when it was going to become a movie for some time now.

  13. Nita says:

    I read the book last year and thought it was a little confussing, but loved it. I reread it for the second time and fell in love with it more! Now, I’m going for a third. I can hear it so vividly when Jared and Ian call eachother by their last names lol. :) Can’t wait for the movie.. *claps hands excitedly and jumps up and down* lol I feel like Wanda in her new body *still bouncing up and down* :)

    • Hali says:

      eeep i can’t wait either!! *jumps up and down* :D the first time i read The Host, I was like ” what the heck?” because the first sentence is: “The Healer’s name was Fords Deep Waters.” and i didn’t know what the heck a ‘healer’ was and what kind of a name was Fords Deep Waters? but then i found everything out later in the book .. but still it was so confusing at the beginning like the whole prologue and first chapter and even some things in the middle of the book but now i understand because im almost done reading it for my 11th time.. and i never liked to reread things!! lol
      GO TEAM WANDA!! GO TEAM IAN!!

      PEACE . LOVE . THE HOST

  14. audrey says:

    i love the book i re-read it like 5 times it doesnt make you want to stop reading the first time i read it i read it in one day and i love ian i hope they have a good actor for him

  15. krina says:

    Just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed every page! Fell in love with the characters, and very excited to see the movie is actually in the works already!! Can’t wait to see who they cast! Came looking for more books by Meyers but I guess that’s it for now (obviously already read twilight series).

  16. Abby says:

    I just Finished reading the Host for the First time, It was so good! It was a well written Romance novel. Ian and Wanda are like Edward and Bella, in a way.

  17. toni says:

    cant wait till the host is on film i’ve read the whole book once and the second half like million times i hope they cast kelly stables as wanda

  18. Tonya says:

    I read the Host like a week ago, and decided to read it again Two days after i finished it. It was SO GOOD!!! I hope that Stephenie comes out with the next book soon…. I am SOOOO excited for The Move to come out too.

  19. Maggie says:

    I read The Host last summer my cousin had let me barrow it. I immeditately fell in love with this book I went and bought it I recently reread it and I loved it more than the first time. I can’t wait to see the movie now all I got to do is convince my boyfriend that it’s worth reading cause he doesn’t think it is

  20. cameron says:

    Host, sweet! A.N maker of Gattica, even sweeter!

  21. Kelsey says:

    I’ve read a lot about people who comment on the cast list for The Host and I’ve compiled a list of people whose names have cam up the most. The actors that I think are the best portrayals are listed combined with why I think they should play the character.
    Melanie/Wanderer~ Evangeline Lilly or Missy Peregrym because both woman are a symbol of strength and they each can have a softer, gentler side, Evangeline with Lost and Missy with Stick It
    Jared~ Jensen Ackles because he is strong and can also have a loving side for Jamie and Melanie. He was the name that came up the most when I was researching
    Jamie~ Skander Keynes. I don’t know how old he will be when The Host starts shooting but he has dark hair and cute boyish features like the character in the book
    Ian~ Ian Somerhalder. He was another name that came up a lot and I think he would be good in this role especially with Evangeline because they worked together on Lost. But he would also be good with Missy
    Kyle~ Paul Walker because he looks like Ian but he’s more muscular, like in the book
    Jeb~ Robert Redford because he can be a laugh on screen. He’s got that kind of face that can be perceived as crazy or caring or dangerous as in the story
    Sharon~ Bryce Howard’s name appeared multiple times and I think even though she’s not a major character in the book she could do the fim justice
    Doc~ Michael Vartan is a good pick because just like Robert he can manipulate his face into any emotion, depending on Melanie’s view
    Seeker/Lacey~ Summer Glau is probably the perfect role for this because she can be scary like in 4400 (great show btw. got canceled though) she embodies whatever character she plays
    Wanda/Pet~ I had trouble with this one but I think from Stephanie Meyer’s description that Zooey Deschanel, Ella Fanning or Ellen Page may be good for this. Although Ella may be too young for the role but shes got that cute innocent look to her
    I have no suggestions for Maggie or any of the other humans in the caves but I do recommend that Rachel McAdams find her way into this film.
    Thanks for everyone who helped me with this and thanks Ms. Meyers for writing the Twilight Saga and The Host because I was in desperate need of something amazing to read.

  22. Kristy says:

    I just read an article about Matt Damon. He needs a good blockbuster movie, maybe he will sign up for the Host after all…

    I like the idea of Evangeline Lily to be Melanie, she would be perfect!

  23. JMT says:

    I just finished reading The Host and am VERY excited to see in the movie theater

  24. AER says:

    As much as I can see Evangeline Lily to be Melanie, I see a younger version. To be honest E.L is like, 31 and will be almost 32 when going into production She has the looks but I don’t think the range is so limited as to cast someone who is ten years older then the character. If they get a younger anonymous version of her, because lets face it this kind of movie would get you all the publicity you need to start a career- then it will be perfect.
    Again with most of the other choices I am worried about ages
    OH, and although Dakota is an amazing actress and i do envy her for her role selection I don’t think two SM hits would be the best idea for her since she is trying to break into an older ranger of work as seen by her role in the runaways but then again, that had K.S in it so who knows?
    Personally I think they are going to bring in actors who are young and anonymous but who have actually done alot of acting work.

    • B.Trueblood says:

      ^I agree with AER
      My highly unlikely Dream Cast:
      Ian- Kellan Lutz
      Jared- Cam Gigandete
      Jeb- M.C. Gainey
      Melanie- Lucy Hale, Nina Dobrev, Odette Yustman, Alexis Bledel, or Camilla Belle!
      Kyle- Chris Evans
      Wanda: Deborah Ann Woll or Lauren Ambrose

  25. Stephanie says:

    I bought The Host at the air port on my way home and couldnt stop reading it! On the plane, in the resturant walking to and from the resturaunt, every where!! (Exept in the car. I didnt wanna barf all over it…) I LOVED it!!! btw, ive fallen madly in love with ian, not so crazy about jared. I finished it this morning after an entire night of reading. ;) Cant wait for the movie!!
    About when is it coming out??

  26. B.Trueblood says:

    Unfortunately, they haven’t set a date yet :/

  27. katie says:

    OMG!!! i love this book i read it for the first time in seventh grade (Im now a sophomore), but at the end i wasn’t sure i liked it and i kinda forgot about it… then my moms wierd friend brought it over to our house and though my dad would like it so i picked it up again and fell in love with it.. MY NEW FAVORITE <3!! :) oh and btw when i was done reading it like 3 times i let my dad have it back so he could read it….. and he likes it too.. SO wierd and unexpected… My dad is like a total mans man crab fisherman, hunter, like steryotipical alaskan guy.. and here he likes a sci-fi lovestory!! any way thats all i wanted to say, and also that maybe there was some hope for you, maggie, to convince your boyfriend to read it! haha :)

  28. Lisa says:

    I like Evangeline Lily as Melanie, I also like Julia Jones as Melanie. If they used Julia Jones, then Uncle Jeb could be Graham Greene, I love that idea or even Gil Birmingham.

  29. Blustar says:

    I bought the book last summer and I haven’t had a chance to get to it until last week and I wish I would have read when I bought it. Steph has done another great job. I can hardly wait for the movie.

  30. Donata says:

    I nlove the host! i am on chapter 34 and im in love with Ian!!!!!!!!!!!!

    soo excited about the movie!! already cant wait!!!!

  31. Bella says:

    Am I the only one who would absolutely LOVE Ryan Hanson Bradford in the role of Jamie?
    Think ’bout how great and not to mention how cute he was in Lost, where he acted the younger version of “the black man” or whatever he’s called in.. season 6 I think it was. He’s absolutely perfect for Jamie in my head at least.
    Somebody agree?
    To watch Ryan, follow this link ‘nd see what i mean! http://www.cucirca.com/2010/05/12/lost-season-6-episode-15-across-the-sea/
    Can’t wait to see the movie, though :P Hope it gets out soon!

  32. amy says:

    i love this book!!! I think that ian somerhaulder should play ian, And i imagined selena gomez as wanda so yeah
    i don’t really care as long as the movie is good im fine but i love THE HOST!!!!!!

  33. Dorothy says:

    I think Sophia Bush would be a great Mell.
    Like you can see her in many Fan – Videos.
    Ian Somerhalder isnt the perfect ian… but i love the actor this much!!! if he would become the ian, i wouldnt be mad !!!
    But a actress for … wanda… i dont know. Some one with a cute face…. and i mean she is only 16 in the end. shortly for becoming 17…. so its really difficult. I really dont know someone who would be good….

  34. Alyson says:

    Omg!!!!! Read this book a bunch of times!!!! Love it soooo Much!! I Love Ian!! Cant wait until the movie,
    I think the cast is awesome:)

  35. Alyson says:

    For some very strange reason I always pictured Ian with a Buzz cut,
    But now since i’m reading it again I finally started picturing him with a
    black shag :P

  36. Ali says:

    I just found out about the movie & I must say, Oh my gosh!
    I’m beyond excited about it. But I am worried it’s going to ruin the experience for me..
    I just don’t want them to choose the wrong actors for the movie.

  37. Alyson says:

    I Love the cover for the movie!!! I think they picked the perfect cast!!!! :D

  38. kathy says:

    i really do agree that selena gomez should play wanda cause she is young and she does have a cute face

  39. Lisa says:

    ok guest wat i found out Erik Fellows might play IAN

  40. Carla says:

    I’ve read everything in that book more than10 time s its sooooo good but who’s playing Ian,Jared AND Jamie?????I mean those are my F AV charachters and im also related to someone in The Twilight Saga cuz that’s why im using a fake name.And if you think to talk smack about Twilght,The host,or Bree Tanner think again!!!!:):):):):):)

  41. Lynne says:

    Ian Sommerhalder is PERFECT for Ian! Gemma Arterton is also a really great choice for Wanda. Christina Ricci should totally play The Seeker. There’s just so many Jared’s out there that it’s almost impossible to make a decision! And I personally think that I should play Mel, but I know that probably won’t happen, so I think they should pick an unknown – because then they’ll be picking based on TALENT, not someone who can just bring in the big bucks with their pretty faces.

  42. the bewildered one says:

    I LOVE WAAAANDDAAAAA!!

  43. sammy says:

    I have read the host twice, and jared is my favourite character! I dont think that Ian Sommerhalder would be a good ian. I love him in Vampire diaries, but i dont think he suits ian’s character.

    I can’t wait for the movie to come out!!! i just hope they pick a good cast, because otherwise it would ruin the film!

  44. Marissa says:

    I loved this book. It was awesome I just wonder if the movie could do it justice?? The book was so good, i don’t think a movie could come close!! I hope they cast Ian as a hotty and not too gruff and mean, he has a very kind heart, he is a big fat softy!! ♥♥♥ Jared can be scruffy and mean for sure!! the chick from tomorrow when the war began would be awesome for melanie except she is aussie and i dont think they would like that much, unless she is good with controlling her accent. haha Jared… that name is awesome ♥ i felt awkward when reading this book :P long story

  45. Hali says:

    I took The Host out from the library in July and read it like 5 times then I finally (reluctantly) gave it back and then like the next day my dad bought it for me and now i read it every day!! I know it’s an adult book, but honestly I think Breaking Dawn should be an adult book, not The Host! Lol. But I love the Twilight Series and The Host even though my friends think I’m crazy to read them so many times. ;) And my older friends from dance class think I’m too young to be reading the Twilight series and The Host (I’m 11 years old) but I LOVE them so much so I don’t care what anyone thinks!! Lol..a little too much, hehe. Wow I’m so hyper tonight!! Anyway… GO TEAM WANDA!! GO TEAM IAN!!

    PEACE . LOVE . THE HOST

  46. moni says:

    My fav book of all times,I actually loved it more than the Twilight series.Can’t WAIT for the movie.There is this song by Laava,called “Wherever you are” that I would listen to over and over while reading this book.This song so reminds me of the Wanderer

  47. wanderer says:

    I think Jaimie Alexander would be the best to cast wanda….. She’s always been my wanda
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1526352/

  48. TT says:

    I can’t wait for this to come out!
    My friend and I were talking about this just an hour or so ago, as well
    For a few characters we came up with
    Ian – Jensen Ackles because of all the roles I have seen him in, it seems to fit to me. Besides I love this guy! Not in a creepy stalker kind of way
    Kyle – Channing Tatum because he’s big and muscular and can pass as Jensen’s bro for the most part
    we had some others, but i can’t think of them at the moment

  49. Hanna says:

    Hi i just started reading it, im so excited about the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT!!!!! What happens at the end? :D

  50. Megan says:

    When is the Host II coming out? and when is the movie coming out??

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