September 22, 2009
In a new article by Variety, they are reporting that the rights to Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” have been acquired by producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz – who all used their own money to purchase these rights.
“Meyer’s novel is a love story set in the near future on Earth, which has been assimilated by an alien species of benevolent parasites that call themselves “Souls.” One such soul, the Wanderer, is fused with a dying human named Melanie Stryder, in an attempt to locate the last pocket of surviving humans on Earth.
In addition to writing four volumes of the “Twilight” series, Meyer has been heavily involved in the screen transfers, and she spurned several overtures for “The Host.” The producers continued lobbying the author and her UTA reps with a significant offer, a strong vision for the project and a collaborative spirit. Meyer eventually said yes.
“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.”
Anything that Stephenie writes would look good on film – she writes in a way that helps you visualize everything so easily – and the fact that they used their own money says they know it will do well.