Yes, this is official. The film will be shot in Louisiana and New Mexico (thank god) starting in February 2012. Andrew Niccol is still attached to direct and Saoirse Ronan is still starring as Melanie Stryder.
AND Open Road Films is officially the US distributor of the film. Fun Fact: Open Road is a collaboration between Regal Entertainment and AMC Entertainment.
Stephenie Meyer said this about Open Road Films. “I’m thrilled to be adding another fantastic partner to an already amazing group. Everyone involved has so much passion for the project. It really is a dream team.”
Update: Apparently, I wrote down the wrong date. It is not the 19th, but the 29th. I can’t believe I noticed this over a month later. All dates in this post and the title have been changed to reflect the right date.