Twilight author plans to make a (good) sci-fi film

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

If you were at Comic-Con you would have clearly seen two points of view about Twilight. You'd see fans who love to lovingly love it forever waiting in line for hours to see it. And you'd see fans who hated wearing T-shirts like this one that disdainfully proclaimed Twilight is Gay. Those two worlds are headed for what will probably be an entertaining collision with the next movie from Twilight author Stephanie Meyer, The Host.

Hardcore sci-fi fans will probably be miffed by the fact that Meyer touts the book as a "science fiction story for people who don't like science fiction," noting that it's not about aliens or ray guns or other planets.

Which of course is probalby what *will* attract Twilight fans. On the other hand, Meyer is also a big fan of the sci-fi movies Gattaca and The Truman Show, which is why she made sure Andrew Niccol (who wrote Truman and wrote and directed Gatttaca) will write and direct The Host. That will probably attract the crowd that likes science fiction because it's, you know, science fiction.

We'll withhold judgment until we see it, but here is more about The Host from Variety:

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.

Wechsler and the Schwartzes are separately teamed on The Road, the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel that will be released Nov. 25 by the Weinstein Co.

Meyer supposedly turned down several offers for The Host until she responded to Niccol's involvement and the producers' strong vision and collaborative spirit. She is heavily involved in the film versions of her best-selling Twilight books; the next one, New Moon, opens Nov. 20.