Burning Questions About Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’

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The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to interview the actors, the screenwriter/director Andrew Niccol and Stephenie Meyer about their work on The Host.

THR: What was Meyer’s role on set as a producer?

Niccol: I felt she was very much a collaborator. She wasn’t so much the nuts and bolts or sort of money person, but she definitely had opinions on everything from what vehicle they should be driving to the wardrobe, who we cast. She was very much a typical producer. If she had just come in and I didn’t know anything about her and she had just come in as a regular producer, I wouldn’t have known the difference, so she has obviously become very understanding of that process.

Abel: She was on set, but she really kind of gave us free reign [to develop our characters]. We had two weeks of rehearsal with just the cast and Andrew Niccol, and that’s where we really came together to discover the entire story and really unearth all the things in the script. From there, she really just let us define it for ourselves, which was really great.

Kruger: We met in Baton Rouge when we started filming. We had a long rehearsal process. It was great that she was there, because we could ask her how the character may evolve, and she definitely had a lot of notes on how the movie ends for my character because of maybe another film or because of the second book. We don’t know what the second book is.

Ronan: Stephenie is brilliant. She’s become a friend of mine, I love her. She was on set a good bit, which was great. It was just good to have her there to kind of really keep an eye on everything, to be honest. And just to be there to support us. She’s lovely and warm and really cares about the story.

THR: What sort of notes did Stephenie give the actors?

Kruger: The main one is: don’t think it so black and white. The jury’s still out on who is the bad guy here. That really put a lot of things in perspective.

Ronan: She kind of left it up to me, which was actually really nice, and I thought it was kind of an amazing thing for an author to do, because sometimes authors of books they, which is fair enough, they feel like this is their story and they should give advice when they can, but Stephenie was great. She kind of stepped back from all that when it came to the actors.

THR: What was the most challenging scene to adapt to film?

Niccol: I think that scene in the field, because it’s so difficult to create something on that scale. You literally have a wheat field in a cave, so just logistically, doing that was enormous. [The washroom is] literally a river in a cave. It was a major engineering feat. We had to pump gallons and gallons of water every minute to pour exactly. It was easy to put on the page to deliver a cave, but creating it — something else.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

Source:  Hollywood Reporter