Stephenie Meyer

Her “Twilight” numbers are staggering: more than 116 million books sold in nearly 50 languages; $2 billion in box office receipts; more than $650 million in home video sales. “The Host,” with an initial printing of 750,000, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Whether it’s box office gold will be determined starting Friday.

G.I. Joe

He started out only a foot tall, but he’s still huge with an estimated 400 million action figures sold in nearly 50 years. Even when the odds are stacked against him, he fights back. Note the critical and fan drubbing “The Rise of the Cobra” took, yet still pulled in $150 million at the box office.

The Seeker

This group of alien “cops” track humans in a mostly peaceful way – except for that one obsessed and duty-bound Seeker (played by Diane Kruger) who will stop at nothing – including violence – to track her prey.

Cobra Commander

The villianous leader of the ruthless terrorist group COBRA, his face – and identity – remain a mystery.


Test audiences were reportedly so enamored with the bromance between Duke (Channing Tatum) and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson), the team’s heavy machinery gunner and cook, that the studio ordered reshoots for more footage of the two.


Meyer calls this unusual and complicated love triangle a “love square” because it involves four people in three bodies: The human Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), the alien soul who inhabits her body, Melanie’s boyfriend Jared and the devoted Ian (Jake Abel, above). Somehow it works on the page – but will it work on screen?

Alien eyes

Bright and oddly beautiful with a halo effect, they’re a dead giveaway that the human body is now inhabited by an alien soul.

Snake Eyes

Fans admire this silent ninja who covers his disfigured face and is one of the most enduring characters in the G.I. Joe realm.

Right at home

Director and Oscar nominated screenwriter Andrew Niccol is the guy to tackle this high-concept sci-fi thriller – just check out his intriguing “In Time” or “Gattaca.”

Gotta dance

Jon M. Chu has a knack for flashy, high-energy song and dance films as seen in his previous directorial efforts “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Step Up 3D” and “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” But he’s also a G.I. Joe fan who can name his favorite comic issues by title.