In a story from Variety, Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz have put up their own money to pick the screen rights to Stephanie Meyer's The Host. Meyer is the author of the Twilight series.

Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) is going to write and direct this project.

The Host takes place on Earth and is set in the near future. It is "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."

Meyer initially was resistant to turning The Host into a feature film. However, when producers Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz kept after her, offering her significant amount of money, she couldn't say no.

Andrew Niccol is the perfect person to tackle this project because of Meyer's love of Gattaca and The Truman Show.

"We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions," Wechsler stated.

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