‘The Host’ premieres; Stephenie Meyer has the sequel in the works

March 20, 2013 | 8:10 a.m.

Actresses Saoirse Ronan, left, and Diane Kruger at an after-party Tuesday for the premiere of "The Host." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Actor Jake Abel (who plays Ian O'Shea in "The Host"), left, writer-producer Stephenie Meyer and actor Max Irons (Jared Howe). (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Chandler Canterbury, who plays Jamie Stryder in "The Host," and Stephenie Meyer. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

In “The Host,” the piercing blue eyes are a sign that the body snatchers have arrived.

“The Host” premiered Tuesday night at Hollywood’s Arclight theater, with novelist Stephenie Meyer on hand along with the film’s costars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Diane Kruger.

“The Host” is Meyer’s follow to her “Twilight” blockbuster, and it will be tough for her new series of sci-fi books-turned-films to top the success of that vampire phenomenon. The “Twilight” films have a domestic box office total of nearly $1.4 billion, according to Box Office Mojo.

Meyer’s latest is a sci-fi love tale. The novel, published in 2008, is aimed at more of an adult audience than the “Twilight” books and tells of a frightening future in which aliens take over the world — and our bodies. You can tell the body snatchers by their piercing blue eyes.

Over at Goodreads, reviews were mostly positive for the book, although some slammed it for “sappiness.” Meyer fans and detractors will have to see whether any sappiness slopped over to the big screen. Ronan plays the alien-occupied Melanie, and Irons plays Jared, who is among rebels fighting those trying to take over mankind. (That’s Bella and Edward, but is there a Jacob?) Kruger gets to play the villain in “The Host” as an alien who hunts humans.

For Meyer, good things come in threes, so she’s planned a “Host” trilogy, but the writer told Pop Blend recently that it’s taking a long time, what with her work on the film and her family commitments. Plus Meyer, along with the company Fickle Fish Films, is busy producing movies. The Los Angeles Times reported recently on her juicy new project, producing “Anna Dressed in Blood,” a young-adult ghost story from the author Kendare Blake.

So, Meyer’s at work on “The Host” sequel, but she said: “I have no idea when it will be done.”

“The Host” arrives in theaters March 29.

Watch the trailer, below.

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