There’s been a little bit of back and forth over who will sit in the director’s chair for the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer‘s sci-fi novel The Host. Andrew Niccol scripted and was going to direct before he ran off to do Now with Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. Earlier this year it looked like Susanna White (the Nanny McPhee sequel) would direct instead, but when Saoirse Ronan was set to star Andrew Niccol started circling back around. Now he’s back in the director’s chair for good. Read More »

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You may not realize that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer wrote another novel that sounds far crazier than her sparkly vampire series, but The Host is exactly that novel. The 2008 tale seems like a riff on Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters (and several other stories) as it describes altruistic alien parasites called Souls (seriously) that attach themselves to host bodies — in this case humans — and then make their society all great and stuff. Imagine the monolith from 2001, but far more active, and you’re probably on the right track.

The book was optioned some time ago and has been developed as an indie with Stephenie Meyer offering a lot of input. Scripting is Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Now). He was once set to direct, and likely will in fact make the film. When he does, it looks like he’ll have Saoirse Ronan in the central role of a girl who rejects the probing tendrils of her own personal alien parasite. Read More »

Though it may be hard to believe, Stephenie Meyer, the author behind the Twilight phenomenon, also published a non-Twilight book. It’s called The Host and while it also blends genre with romance there are no sparkly vampires here. Instead, The Host is about alien parasites called the Souls who take over Earth by inhabiting human bodies and what happens when one human’s brain fights back.

A film adaptation has been in the pipeline for a while with a script by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and now a director has been added to the equation. Susanna White, who did this year’s family sequel Nanny McPhee Returns as well as several episodes of David Simon’s HBO series Generation Kill, will take the reigns of this potential franchise. Read more after the break. Read More »

Looks like Now is really the title of Andrew Niccol‘s next film. Formerly called I’m.mortal, the film stars Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and a host of other young actors. Now, with film already rolling, it has added Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Matt Bomer to the talent roster. Read More »

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Andrew Niccol‘s next film, formerly called I’m.mortal and possibly now titled Now (hopefully not — Now isn’t much better) is shooting, erm, now. The first pics have been snapped by roving photographers, as we can see Amanda Seyfried playing against image in a red bob and Justin Timberlake with his head shaved, looking vaguely like an action hero. A couple more images are after the jump. Read More »

In her first big hire since Michael Bay decided not to ask her to return for Transformers 3, Megan Fox has scored a new gig. She’ll be in Jennifer Westfeldt‘s film Friends With Kids, which stars Westfeldt’s partner Jon Hamm.

The film also features Adam Scott and Kristen Wiig, and we now know that it “revolves around a pair of thirtysomething best friends who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people.” Adam Scott and Jennifer Westfeldt will be one couple, Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig another, and Megan Fox will be a woman Mr. Scott’s character dates.

After the break, Andrew Niccol’s next gets another cast member, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins gets two. Read More »

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How unusual will Andrew Niccol‘s new sci-fi film be? How about this: the picture, formerly called I’m.mortal and now untitled for the time being, not only boasts Vincent Kartheiser as the father of Amanda Seyfried, but now has Olivia Wilde playing the mother of Justin Timberlake. What’s going on here? Read More »

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Andrew Niccol‘s upcoming film, which is now temporarily untitled, sounds interesting. It’s a Logan’s Run-like story about a future society in which time is strictly rationed, and those who want to live beyond a certain point have to pay for their time…or steal it.

The film was called I’m.mortal until recently, but that title has been dropped. I understand the appeal — it’s a cute, quirky sci-fi title — but getting wide audiences to remember a basic title is difficult enough these days. (Sigh.) Better that Niccol and New Regency simplify.

There are also some new cast additions, including Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser. Read More »

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