The Host in theatres March 29

Open Road Films releases this adaptation of the novel by Stephanie Meyer, creator of TWILIGHT. The story is set in a future time when humanity has been almost entirely replaced by alien body-snatching parasites that use humans as hosts. Our heroine Wanda somehow forms a symbiotic relationship with her alien parasite and begins a quest to aid remaining humans. Andrew Niccol wrote and directed. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook, Frances Fisher, Chandler Canterbury. Andrea Frankle.
U.S. Theatrical Release Date: March 29, 2013
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In Time: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:42.1

Running Time: Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake live the fugitive life in IN TIME.
Running Time: Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake live the fugitive life in IN TIME.

A world where everyone remains young and pretty forever? No, it’s not the CW prime-time schedule, it’s IN TIME, Andrew Niccol’s latest weaving of science-fiction speculation and wry social commentary. Imagining a civilization in which time literally is money — minutes, hours, days are earned and spent, the poor living a genuine day-to-day existence while the rich are practically immortal — Niccol casts Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake as a two souls from the opposite sides of the time-line who decide to right what they see as an inequitable system, by violent means, if necessary.
Theofantastique.com‘s John W. Morehead joins Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons to look at how Niccol — who here produces, writes, and directs — brings this curious scenario to the screen, and discuss whether Occupy Wall Street should take time out from their protests in order to catch a screening.
Also: Dan delivers his verdict on the latest entry from the Shrekiverse, PUSS IN BOOTS.

Andrew Niccol is Mortal


Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol

Andrew Niccol (GATTACA, THE TRUMAN SHOW) has written a new sci-fi film called I’M MORTAL which New Regency are currently trying to secure. The Hollywood Reporter have the scoop on the film which is apparently set in a near future where the ageing gene has been turned off and time has become the new currency.

The idea is that this new currency is used to avoid overpopulation and is as a way to stop everyone living forever. If you’re rich with time then you’re immortal, but if not you die. The main character is a man who suddenly gains a fortune in time, but not quickly enough to save his dying mother. To make matters worse there’s also a bent police force called “the time keepers” after him.
The premise sounds rather intriguing but Niccol himself has never worked on anything particularly amazing and sometimes, as in the case of S1M0NE, he’s delivered right stinkers. Nevertheless it’s so early on it’d be unfair to entirely  dismiss what could to be a really interesting new sci-fi movie. Once Niccol casts the thing he’s planning to shoot this summer in LA. As usual, Cinefantastique Online will keep you posted with any and all updates.