Speaking to Hypable at The Host press junket in Los Angeles on Saturday, author Stephenie Meyer told us about her new life balancing writing books while also dipping her foot into Hollywood.

Following the success of The Twilight Saga, Meyer’s next book-to-film adaptation, The Host, hits theaters March 29. Last year she shot Austenland starring Keri Russell which premiered at Sundance. She also has two book-to-film adaptations on her plate penned by other writers: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

With Meyer clearly kicking off a career as a film producer, we decided to ask her what drew her to the job. “Have you ever read a book and imagined how it would be turned into a film? And the actors, and casting. I’ve always done that a little bit,” she told us. “I like movie adaptations, I almost always prefer the book. I can only think of one exception. I think that that’s just something I find fun. It’s like dollhouses and dressing up your barbies and whatever. It’s like playing a game. It’s a whole different type of creativity.”

The Host's Stephenie Meyer, Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max IronsShe also drew a clear line between why she enjoys each of these jobs. For her, producing is “a more collaborative space where you have people to hang out with who aren’t your imaginary friends,” she said. “But writing is more of a purer creative outlet. You don’t have to compromise on everything. Actors don’t tell you no, and you don’t have to cut scenes out for length. You can do whatever you want, and it’s a more free situation – but you also have to have private time to do it.”

Meyer says finding that private time to write has become more difficult for her. “Even without the movies, my kids are growing up, they’re more interactive. It’s hard for me to really disconnect my brain from them as much as I could when they were little and didn’t have as many conversations going on.”

While more producing with her company Fickle Fish is definitely in the future, she has a unique way of staying involved but not being on location. “I don’t want to be as active of a producer physically there all the time. I’d rather be there during the beginning stages. The scripting, the casting – I can do it from home. That’s why I have a partner because she’s going to do all the physical stuff. I’ll just sit home and say, ‘How’s it going?’ I’ll be home writing and she’ll be out in the dirt and dust, staying up all night doing night shoots. It’s going to be perfect.”

As for that one movie series she felt was better than the original book? “The Bourne movies. I like that he really is an assassin. I’d seen the movies first, and then you read the book and it’s a cop out – he’s actually a good guy. I was like ‘No, no, I want him to be a killer.'”

Meyer’s next two producing projects are Down a Dark Hall and Anna Dressed in Blood, which she says are still in early days. “We’re working on finding a writer for [Anna’s] script. But Down a Dark Hall is the first on the conveyor belt, and so that one – when we get that to a place, we’ll move on to Anna.”

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?