From writing an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's sci-fi invasion tale The Host to directing it as well. That's the story for Andrew Niccol (Gattica, Lord of War) with Variety reporting the man has replaced Susanna White in the director's chair. No reasoning was given for the change of directors beyond the company giving a positive reaction in Niccol's favor.
"Having Andrew at the helm for us is incredibly invigorating as he truly shares Stephenie's vision on this film," said Kimberly Fox, Inferno's President of International Sales. "We literally began sales this week and the response from the international community, and from domestic buyers, has been beyond our highest expectations. We expect to have every territory in the world sold out very shortly, and then it's about getting to the exciting part of making the movie."
Rising star Saoirse Ronan has already been set to play the lead star.
Plot Concept: "The Host," published in 2008, revolves around the takeover of Earth by an alien race known as Souls. The publisher goes into more detail with: "Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind."