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Stephenie Meyer's production company options post-apocalyptic YA novel


Did you hear the one about the gritty, female-driven debut YA novel — a harsh story of survival and deprivation — that was optioned for a movie?

This time, the book in question is Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, which is set in a future where the American government strictly controls access to water. (So, Urinetown, but with less singing. Probably.) The novel, published in September 2013, has just been optioned by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films, a company that so far has produced only 2013’s Austenland.

“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” Meyer’s partner Meghan Hibbett said in a statement. “This story seamlessly blends gritty and dangerous dystopian realism with the larger themes of life vs. survival that we feel audiences will really respond to.” According to the book’s official description, however, it doesn’t focus much on an element that has famously been Meyer’s forte: Romance. Here’s the synopsis:


'The Host': Cast and director Andrew Niccol say they're game for a sequel, chat about working with Stephenie Meyer

Sci-fi alien invasion flick The Host, based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, is still over a week away from its release date, but the talent behind the film are already saying they’d be up for making a sequel.

The Host, which centers on feisty Melanie Stryder, one of the few free humans left on Earth until she’s captured and inhabited by an alien parasite, had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday. At the event, writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) told EW that he’d be interested in making the big screen adaptation of Meyer’s in-the-works sequel to the 2008 novel. In fact, he seemed rather eager to get going on film No. 2: “Show me the book, Stephenie,” he joked. “You shouldn’t be here. You should be home writing.”

Luckily for dozens of fans who scored a spot along the premiere’s blue carpet, Meyer wasn’t at home writing. EW asked the best-seller author for an update on her follow-up to The Host, which she has said may end up becoming a trilogy. READ FULL STORY

New trailer for 'The Host': Love conquers all, even aliens taking over your body

As the new trailer for The Host tells us, the battle for Earth is ending. Aliens with glowing blue eyes are invading in really, really shiny chrome vehicles, and they need our bodies as hosts.

Saoirse Ronan has proven, in fare like Hanna, that she can play a believable action hero. She’ll be joining the ranks of The Hunger Games‘ Katniss and Lena from Beautiful Creatures as an exceptional girl in love with a normal human – and Max Irons is just dreamy in his role. As for Diane Kruger, she just wants us to understand that Melanie is the key to finding the human resistance. See the action, the chrome and the romance in the trailer below:

Sony Classics Worldwide Acquisitions nabs 'Austenland'


Austenland, the Sundance Film Festival entry starring Keri Russell as an obsessive Jane Austen fan who spends her life savings to visit a “fantasy camp” in England that recreates the period’s gender and social mores, was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, JJ Feild, and Bret McKenzie also star.

“We loved making this movie and were fortunate enough to screen it at Sundance,” said producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Jerusha Hess in a joint statement. “The fact that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Sony Pictures Classics has chosen to distribute Austenland is beyond our wildest dreams — they treat their films with the utmost care, and we are thrilled to be associated with such a prestigious distributor.”

Based on the novel by Shannon Hale, Austenland is the first film from Hess, who co-wrote her husband’s Sundance smash, Napoleon Dynamite. “Basically, a bunch of Mormon ladies sat around and made a movie together,” said Meyer on Friday night after the film premiered at Eccles Theater in Park City, Utah.

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Sundance: Kery Russell and Stephenie Meyer discuss ‘Austenland’
Sundance 2013: Exclusive EW Portraits

Keri Russell and producer Stephenie Meyer talk 'Austenland' at Sundance: VIDEO

“Gigolos in top hats.” That’s a delightful way to describe the Mr. Darcy-types in Austenland, a comedy from first-time director Jerusha Hess (cowriter of Napoleon Dynamite) that stars Keri Russell as a woman who spends her last dime to visit a resort where Jane Austen fans go to role-play. Russell and Hess, along with producer Stephenie Meyer and costars JJ Field and Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie, stopped by EW’s Sundance interview lounge today to talk about the film — and the possibility of a Twilight resort — with Anthony Breznican. READ FULL STORY

'The Host' trailer: Finally, that 'Twilight'/'Gattaca' mash-up you were asking for!

If you’re worried that the impending release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 means that there won’t be any more movies about lovesick teenagers with superpowers and glowing eyes, then the trailer for The Host should be a breath of fresh air. On the other hand, if you don’t care about Twilight or melancholy teenagers with massive feelings, you may still be intrigued by The Host, which was adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s novel for the screen by Andrew Niccol, a legitimate sci-fi filmmaker best known for Gattaca and his screenplay for The Truman Show. Then again, maybe you should just get excited that we’re probably all finally going to learn how to pronounce “Saoirse Ronan” when this gets released in March. READ FULL STORY

New 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' clip: 'Jake, you really do stink!' -- VIDEO

In mere weeks, the premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 will rain down romance, blood, and of course screaming, lusty fans. For now, we have a new peek — and a feisty one at that. Witness this line: “Jake, you really do stink!” Those are the words of a ruby-eyed, paler-than-usual Bella (Kristen Stewart) during her first meet-up with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) after she becomes a vampire. As for this particular clip, unveiled by MTV Thursday, there’s a nuanced moment of understanding between Jacob and his longtime rival-turned-Bella’s husband Edward (Robert Pattinson). Watch for it now.


Stephenie Meyer on the end of 'Twilight' and what might be her favorite of the films

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga has sold more than 100 million books, spawning a film franchise that’s become an international sensation. We got to sit down with her at Comic-Con last month where we discussed the ever-divisive naming of Renesmee, and how she felt about the ending of the saga.”I’ve been holding off the sadness, but it’s starting to get to me,” she said. “I miss everyone — Kristen, Taylor, and Rob. I’m used to seeing them every day.”


Stephenie Meyer stops by's Comic-Con suite to talk about 'The Host'

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) visited’s Comic-Con video studio today to talk about the upcoming movie adaptation of her book The Host. READ FULL STORY

'The Host' first look: Jake Abel on playing Ian, working with Stephenie Meyer -- EXCLUSIVE

If you thought the romantic triangle at the center of The Twilight Saga was complicated, then you haven’t yet experienced the passions at the center of Stephenie Meyer’s other novel, The Host, also a feature film arriving in theaters on March 29, 2013.

Set on an Earth that has been overrun by body-snatching aliens called “souls,” the story follows Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the last humans left on the planet, after her body has been inhabited by the well-traveled soul known as Wanderer (or Wanda, for short). Melanie’s strong-willed consciousness cajoles Wanda into the American desert to find Melanie’s uncle Jeb (William Hurt), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury), and her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons). But once Wanda comes upon this ragtag band hiding out in a network of caves, she begins to develop feelings herself for another human, Ian O’Shea (Jake Abel, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning ThiefI Am Number FourThe Lovely Bones). So, to recap: Jared loves Melanie, whose body is controlled by Wanda, who is in love with Ian.

In this exclusive first look at Ian’s character in The Host, Abel talks about what he calls the “love box” between the four characters, his thoughts on Ian’s progressive attitude towards the souls, and what it was like working with Meyer and the film’s writer-director, Andrew Niccol (GatticaIn Time). Check it out below!  READ FULL STORY

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