Best-selling author Stephenie Meyer is blaming the boxoffice failure of the film adaptation of her novel “The Host,” on distributor Open Road Films’ failure to properly market the critically-panned film as a comedy. According to Meyer, despite test audiences reporting they hadn’t laughed at a film like “The Host,” since last year’s blockbuster “Ted,” Open Road still tried to sell the film as the next “Twilight.”
“A lot of critics slammed ‘The Host’ because they thought it was unintentionally laughable and hilariously terrible,” Meyer told Hollywood & Swine. “What they didn’t realize was we were purposely spoofing the other terrible movies based on my melodramatic novels. In hindsight, we should have cast Marlon Wayans in the lead to make audiences aware we were trying to be funny.”
Meyer, who rose to fame nearly a decade ago after she sold her soul to the devil in exchange for her “Twilight” book series selling over 100 million copies and film adaptations grossing over $2.7 billion, released her debut comedy novel “The Host” in 2008.
Judd Apatow originally signed on to adapt the comedy about an alien race taking over humanity by implementing them with things called “Souls,” only to defeated by the power of first love. Apatow and Meyer clashed over the film’s casting, when Meyer wanted fresh young actors, and Apatow demanded he be allowed to cast his wife and daughters instead.
After Apatow dropped out, Meyer turned to Andrew Niccol, who took the comedy world by storm after directing 2011’s “In Time,” featuring Justin Timberlake’s accidentally hilariously performance as a futuristic badass. Niccol stayed true to Meyer’s novel by keeping the movie version of “The Host” intentionally awful and amusingly absurd.