Twilight Of 'The Host': A Sequel Is Not Likely

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Has The Host already entered its twilight as a potential film franchise? Stephenie Meyer has said she envisions her sci-fi follow-up to the blockbuster Twilight novel franchise, as a three-novel story arc, but the probability of those future books translating into a movie trilogy is looking iffy at best.

A spokeswoman for The Host says information regarding the probability of a sequel "is not available at this time," but the film's dismal opening weekend  does not bode well for a follow-up.  The hordes who swarmed the film adaptations of Meyer's Twilight saga apparently did not find a romance about a parasitic alien nearly as compelling because they did not show up at the cineplex last weekend.

The Host's Box Office Sales Were Dismal

According to Box Office Mojo, The Host did $10.6 million its opening weekend, and as of April 2, it has made only $23.5 million worldwide — little more than half of its $40-million production budget. International box office results, which have become increasingly important, also lagged behind domestic. (In comparison, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which is getting a sequel, has grossed almost $140 million worldwide at the box office as of April 2.)

But that's not the only factor that makes a sequel unlikely. At the Los Angeles premiere of The Host on March 19, Meyer told EW.com that she was still working on the second novel.  (The movie's director Andrew Niccol, who expressed interested in helming a sequel even cracked, “Show me the book, Stephenie....You shouldn’t be here. You should be home writing.”

The Follow-Up Novel Isn't Finished

The longer Meyer takes to finish the book, the greater the likelihood that the already meager interest in the movie version of The Host — and any sequel it might spawn — will dissipate further, while the first film's cast members, who've expressed an interest in doing a sequel, grow older and commit to other films.

In other words, you have a better chance of contracting a tapeworm than seeing a sequel to The Host.

[Box Office Mojo, EW.com]

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Comments

  • Brian Bowers says:

    I just watched this movie on Netflix because the title looked intriguing and I loved it. I've got to see a sequel if one is produced; if not, then I'll read the book sequel. I know the reason the first movie did not do well at the box office. Until I saw it on Netflix, I had never heard of it, and I usually try to keep up with these things. What does that tell you about how lousy the PR was for the movie by the studio? John Carter was a good movie that bombed at the box office because the morons at Disney didn't use the name of the book (A Princess of Mars) for the title; fans didn't relate to another name they didn't recognize. The Host needs to be given another chance.

    • Mariana says:

      i got the same feeling as you... i really loved the movie and will looove to see how people and aliens get along

  • chelsie says:

    this movie was get I just wish there was a no.2. the ending was set to make you think there was gonna be a no.2 and will there be a no.2 does anyone know

  • mark bigford says:

    Maybe theyre not making a sequel cuz the movie sucked. peoples implausible reactions to situations really took me out of the movie. Its the whole teen drama thing i think.

  • I would really like her to finish the books I don't really care about the movie that much. They left some very important details out of the movie. The book was way better but books are usually better than their movie counter parts. If she finishes the books I would definitely read them. Although it would be nice if their would be more movies. I would like another chance for them to follow the books a little more closely.

  • No love says:

    I really hope the make a sequalss cause the host is like my fav movie but they took it off of netflix so I have to find another way to watch it but if they make a 2 I'm definitely gonna be the first to know

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