Gattaca director and Truman Show writer Andrew Niccol has signed up to write and direct the movie adaptation of Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer’s science fiction novel. But don’t panic! This could actually be a terrific movie. Book spoilers below.

We reviewed Meyer’s novel, The Host, when it came out a year or so ago. And we were pleasantly surprised: It’s a cheesy beach read, to be sure, but it’s also a genuinely thought-provoking, fairly original science fiction story that manages to ask some questions about what it means to be human. So we’re cautiously optimistic about Niccol’s adaptation, to be produced by the people behind The Road.

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I don’t know much about Andrew Niccol, do you? Are you glad he might direct The Host?