The Host, the first adult novel by bestselling teen vampire author Stephenie Meyer, will follow Twilight and its sequels into the multiplexes. Andrew Niccol, who wrote and directed Gattaca, will reprise both roles for Host, a sci-fi tale set in a near future in which Earth has been overrun by alien body-snatchers. One of their number is fused with a dying woman in an attempt to track down the planet’s last remaining human resistance. However, complications ensue when the alien finds herself falling in love with the human’s missing mate. Producers Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz funded the rights deal themselves, apparently securing it after impressing Meyer with their vision and collaborative impulse. “We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions,” Wechsler said. “Twilight has proven she knows more about what works than most.” Meyer, who spurned a host of other offers for Host, was heavily involved in the screen transfer of Twilight.