Stephenie Meyer’s THE HOST to be directed by Susanna White

Jim Napier

by: Jim Napier
February 10th, 2011

Susanna White The Host

It looks like fans of Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) will get to see another of her novels make it to the big screen. Susanna White has been hired to direct the feature adaptation of The Host. The book deals with alien parasites that are called "the Souls" who take over Earth by inhabiting human bodies - and what happens when one human’s brain fights back.

This sounds like a great concept to me. I actually have read the entire Twilight series and have seen the films. I'm also always down for alien-related films, so this is right up my alley. According to Variety, this long-gestating project's script was written by Andrew Niccol (GATTACA, THE TRUMAN SHOW).

Twilight falls into the category of “Young Adult" and The Host is considered “Adult” due to its much more mature subject matter.

Check out the Publisher’s Weekly review from the book's Amazon page:

"In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie’s brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda’s whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie."

I am not too familiar with White as a director. She helmed this year's NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS as well as several episodes of David Simon’s HBO series Generation Kill. Niccol is a great writer so I am interested in seeing this project.

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