Andrew Niccol signs on for adaptation of sci-fi novel

Andrew Niccol will direct sci-fier “The Host,” starring Saoirse Ronan. Niccol had already penned an adaptation of “Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer’s novel.

Ronan boarded the project a week ago.

The films based on Meyer’s bestselling vampire series have earned $1.69 billion from initial worldwide theatrical releases so far. “Breaking Dawn,” the final film in that series, is set for a November release.

Niccol’s attachment in the new Meyer project was announced Thursday at Cannes, where Inferno is handling sales.

Producers are Nick Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz. Inferno’s Marc Butan, Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson are exec producing.

“The Host,” published in 2008, revolves around the takeover of Earth by an alien race known as Souls.

The producers are financing the film with Inferno.

“Having Andrew at the helm for us is incredibly invigorating as he truly shares Stephenie’s vision on this film,” said Kimberly Fox, Inferno’s President of International Sales. “We literally began sales this week and the response from the international community, and from domestic buyers, has been beyond our highest expectations. We expect to have every territory in the world sold out very shortly, and then it’s about getting to the exciting part of making the movie.”

Niccol is repped by CAA.

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