Lionsgate may volunteer the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises as tribute to reboot mania.
Both franchises wrapped up their stories before cinematic universe fever broke, and Lionsgate is itching to fill the hole — first by exploring a John Wick universe that spans movies, TV, and comic books, and now by revisiting their most popular and lucrative franchises.
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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 »
The ‘who will direct Breaking Dawn‘ stories are getting pretty crazy. Not long ago, Summit reportedly started approaching a pretty high-minded list of directors to direct the last two-part chapter of The Twilight Saga: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Daldry and Bill Condon, among others.
Stephen Daldry recently took the Jonathan Safran Foer adaptation Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close instead. (Good choice.) Now it seems like other projects Bill Condon had lined up may be stalled, and that he’ll be the man for the final chapter(s) of Twilight. Read More »
Because you demanded it! Or because one movie isn’t enough for all of Breaking Dawn‘s rib-breaking, belly-chewing, vampire-baby lovin’ goodness. Or because The Twilight Saga: New Moon made a metric fuckton of money. Whatever the reason, Summit Entertainment isn’t just promising to make a film based on the final book in Stephanie Meyer‘s Twilight series. They’re talking about making two. Read More »
Stephanie Meyer, the author of Twilight, evidently writes more than just sparkly teen vampire romances. Her first ‘adult’ novel is The Host, not to be confused with the Korean monster movie released under that name in the US and other countries. The Host involves interstellar parasites that use people as hosts and remake human society into something very different. (Shades of Robert Heinlein’s The Puppet Masters there.) Now, the novel has been bought by independent producers, who have recruited Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol to adapt the novel and direct. Read More »
Bestselling novelist and pop-culture writer Stephen King isn’t a fan of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. King tells USA Weekend that while both Rowling and Meyer are “speaking directly to young people, The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”
Talk about stating the obvious. Well it’s nice to see someone with credibility not afraid to make this “unpopular” statement in public. I mean, authoring a popular book series can’t be that hard right? Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is even jumping on the bandwagon. And I’m sure her book will instantly become a New York Times Bestseller.
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