You may have noticed that we haven't had any posts for quite some time. That is because OMT (yours truly) has become a contributor over at The Host Fan and no longer works on this site. Don't worry, though - all of the content that was here is now being added to The Host Fan's Novel Page. I will be pouring all of my fangirl energy and passion into working on that site, so head on over and add it to your bookmarks!
It has been quite a slow news month in the fandom, so we were pleased to see the article that Examiner contributor Alan Baltes posted a few days ago:
"Andrew Niccol has been hired direct "The Host". Niccol first came under consideration after Wechsler and the Schwartzes asked Meyer what her favorite science fiction films are. "Gattaca" and "The Truman Show" were in her top five. Niccol wrote and directed "Gattaca" and wrote the screenplay for the Peter Weir-directed "The Truman Show", for which he earned an Academy Award nomination in 1999."
The article basically re-hashes the current status of the movie (producers, directors, writers, etc.) and lacks any new information. However, it does confirm the validity of the Host casting call details that were published on Acting-Auditions.org quite a while ago.
We refrained from posting the casting call descriptions at The Codex when they were originally circulating, due to the fact that the time stamps on that blog were running in a continual loop. It made each entry look as though it was breaking, up-to-date news (when it wasn't), which we found a little fishy. However, this news story references that site and was written by the same guy who runs Acting-Auditions.org, so I suppose the casting details are legitimate! You can read them here.
Host author Stephenie Meyer briefly mentioned her desire to finish the Host sequel (tentatively titled The Soul) during the massive fansite junket she did for the release of the Eclipse movie (Via Twilight Series Theories):
"Fansite: If you could do anything, I mean literally could just stop everything for let’s say six months, just do anything, what would it be that you would take your time to do? Would it be another story? Would it be…
Stephenie Meyer: If I could shut it all off for six months, it would be…I think I’d get another book done in that amount of time. It’s funny because for me it’s all about the story that’s keeping me up at night, and it fluctuates a little bit because the cannibal mermaids are…there’s such a story there. It’s a departure. It’s pure fantasy. It’s a [map] in the front piece fantasy and it’s a whole other world, and that might throw people, right? But if I could write that in a vacuum and it doesn’t matter, I’d really want to write it for me. And then there’s the sequel to The Host...Especially if we’re starting to work on the movies and they’re like: “Soooo, what’s gonna be in the next one?” I think I have ten years to write before they’ll just do their own sequel."
Lets just hope it doesn't take ten years. Pretty please?
The Host movie was briefly mentioned on the Cinematical website in an article about Andrew Niccol's latest project, 'Im.mortal':
"Niccols, of course, is the mind that brought us both Gattaca and The Truman Show in the late '90s, before following it up with S1m0ne and The Terminal. This sounds like just the story to bring him back to his first tastes of success, and calm fan's nerves before he tackles The Host (Stephenie Meyer's take on scifi). Production is scheduled to begin in late September, so if all stays on track, maybe we can enjoy a whole different fight for immortality come 2011."
With the cast for 'Im.mortal' becoming solid, it is reasonable to assume that it will be Niccol's next project - which means that a 'Host' movie will probably not start filming until 'Im.mortal' is nicely tied up. It looks like Host fans will have to wait a little bit longer than originally anticipated for the movie to get rolling.
We all know that IMDB casting rumors are not always credible, but it is worth mentioning that a new (and attractive) face has shown up as a possible actor for Ian O'Shea: Erik Fellows. Allvoices News took note of the new casting choice in a recent article:
"As of the 2nd of August, The Host is officially set in pre-production mode, it is set to begin filming early January. Cast has already begun, if you are interested in auditioning, visit here.
A few days ago, IMDb leaked that Ian Somerhalder is no longer rumored to play the role of Ian O'Shea, instead, now soap star Erik Fellows is rumored the play the role."
What do you guys think? Does he have the right look for Ian?
Here is something we haven't heard yet, straight from the author's mouth. Apparently, the Host sequel will start with a jogging scene. Random! Ms. Meyer also discusses the script for the upcoming movie, and addresses casting rumors. The Twilight Lexicon has posted this video of the interview (conducted by Twilighters Anonymous and Twilight Moms) from the Eclipse premiere. (We will have the transcript up... as soon as we transcribe it.)
In case you hadn't heard, Host author Stephenie Meyer has released an Eclipse novella entitled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. It is available for purchase in the US, but you can also read it for free here.
Personally, I thought it was awesome; it was a really cool look at what it would be like to be a 'traditional' vampire.
What did you guys think?