Monday, June 27, 2011

The Host Gets a Release Date


Open Road Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “The Host,” the big screen adaptation of Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel. As previously announced, “The Host” will be directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”), who also wrote the screenplay, and will star Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Atonement”). Open Road Films has set a March 29, 2013 release date (Easter weekend) for “The Host.”
Principal photography is scheduled to being in February 2012 in Louisiana and New Mexico, in anticipation of the wide release on March 29, 2013.
Regarding Open Road Films, Stephenie Meyer's stated, "I'm thrilled to be adding another fantastic partner to an already amazing group. Everyone involved has so much passion for the project. It really is a dream team."
“We are privileged to partner with Stephenie Meyer and the rest of the filmmaking team for the release of ‘The Host,” added Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films. “Nick Wechsler is a terrific producer and a long time friend and we are honored to be working with Nick and Stephenie - and the wonderful minds of Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz - to bring this epic story of hope to the big screen.”
Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz commented, “We are excited about the passion that Tom Ortenberg and Open Road Films has shown for ‘The Host,’ and we think this is a great opportunity to be partnered with AMC and Regal at the beginning of their new joint venture.”

Now that all that is settled, hopefully casting will soon be underway.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Merchandise Available from Hobo Skate Company

UPDATE: It looks like the merchandise is no longer available.

The Hobo Skate Company is the only shop with authorized The Host merchandise. You can check out the items here.

Open Road Acquires U.S. Distribution of 'The Host'

Open Road, the upstart distribution company formed by theater chains AMC and Regal, is making its second big acquisition. Tom Ortenberg's company is acquiring domestic distribution rights to The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer's novel. I'm told that the there were at least three other distributors trying to get this and that the deal will be a seven-figure minimum guarantee, a healthy P&A commitment, and gross for participants that include the author.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stephenie Meyer's Playlist for The Host

Stephenie Meyer, like many authors today, puts together a playlist to compliment her novels. The "soundtrack" for The Host includes songs from Muse, Sting, My Chemical Romance, and more. Below is the complete playlist and samples of the songs.

1. Soul Meets Body — Death Cab for Cutie

2. Papercut — Linkin Park
3. Futurism — Muse
4. I Wasn't Prepared — Eisley
5. Walking After You — Foo Fighters
6. Down In It — Nine Inch Nails
7. Blood — Editors
8. Pts. of Athrty — Linkin Park
9. Fortress Around Your Heart — Sting
10. The Ghost of You — My Chemical Romance

11. Because I Want You — Placebo
12. Stockholm Syndrome — Muse
13. As You Are — Travis
14. Smile Like You Mean It — The Killers
15. Don't Stay — Linkin Park
16. Just Like You — Three Days Grace
17. Consolation Prizes — Phoenix
18. My Name Is Love — Rob Dickinson
19. The Hand That Feeds — Nine Inch Nails
20. My Body is a Cage — Arcade Fire
21. Rescued — Jack's Mannequin
22. Original of the Species — U2
23. The Last Song — All-American Rejects

24. Beautiful Day — U2

What would you like to see on the soundtrack? Do these songs get you into a hosty mood?