Open Road Films is in talks to acquire domestic rights to Stephenie Meyer’s pic The Host, one of the hot titles at this year’s Cannes market, reports Variety.
Pic, from “The Twilight Saga” scribe and toplining Saoirse Ronan, is eyeing a January start date.
Helmed by Andrew Niccol (who also adapted the screenplay of Meyer’s tome), “The Host,” published in 2008, “revolves around the takeover of Earth by an alien race known as Souls.”
Open Road was founded as a joint venture earlier this year by AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group; Tom Ortenberg came onboard two months ago as CEO. Distrib, which announced its acquisition of “Killer Elite” in Cannes, will pursue mid-range-budgeted pics pegged for nationwide rollouts.