When meeting Harrison Ford isn’t the highlight of your day, that’s a day for the ages. On the New Orleans set of Ender’s Game, the man who played Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard was there and I shook his hand. Incredibly, though, that moment was topped when I realized director Gavin Hood had figured out a way to make kids fly in zero gravity.
In Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi masterpiece Ender’s Game, a young boy named Ender leaves Earth and enters Battle School to train for an inevitable attack from an alien race called the Formics. They train in a zero gravity space called the Battle Room where dozens of pre-teen boys and girls zip and float around in formation, blasting each other with guns. It’s here that Ender learns to be a great leader and where the action of Ender’s Game hinges.
What I found out on May 17, 2012 – the 59th day of a 70 day shoot – was that Hood not only pulled off these sequences, he’s pulled them off with the actual actors and practical effects. A whole new way of basically puppeteering actors to look like they’re in zero gravity had to be invented to do this, but with the polish of digital effects Hood and his team have realized the dreams of every single Ender’s Game out there.
After the jump, read our set visit which includes a video blog and 30 things I learned on the set of Ender’s Game about the production origins, the Battle Room and more. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s probably not entirely fair to keep comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games. But given that they’re both female-led dystopian YA action franchises, and given that Divergent is very obviously aiming to be the successor to the Hunger Games throne, it’s pretty hard not to make the comparison.
Not that they’re exactly the same. Directed by Neil Burger and based on the book by Veronica Roth, Divergent takes place in a futuristic Chicago. Therein, each citizen, upon reaching adulthood, must ally him- or herself with one of five factions. Shailene Woodley leads the cast as Tris, who leaves behind Abnegation, where she was raised, to become one of the thrill-seeking Dauntless.
Hopefully the differences between the two series will become clearer as we see more from the film. Like this first bit of footage, in the form of a very brief teaser. Check out the video after the jump.
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Make no mistake, there’s a lot of action in Ender’s Game. In the book, young kids fly around in zero gravity blasting each other with guns to simulate war strategy. Later, they man what’s basically the universe’s largest video game simulation to do the same thing. Plus, the whole reason the International Fleet is recruiting young kids like Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is because an alien race referred to as the Buggers once decimated the Planet Earth. All of that chaos is surely in Gavin Hood‘s film and you’ll see a lot of it in this brand new trailer.
However, while this trailer shows an action-packed thrill ride, at its heart, Ender’s Game is not that. It’s the story of one boy’s struggle with the immense pressure of being expected to literally save the world. Check out the new trailer, marvel at its energy and effects but know that, most likely, the movie within is something a bit smaller and more visceral. Read More »
Another trailer that debuted at Comic-Con is set to come online this week. The latest action-packed trailer for Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game will be released at 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday August 6, and you can check out a teaser for it below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
A cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game has been in development for so long, plenty of fans figured they’d never actually get to see the sci-fi classic come to life. But not only has it come together for real this time, the premiere date is now just around the corner. Close enough that we have today what’s being called the final poster for the movie.
Asa Butterfield stars as brilliant young Ender, who’s recruited by the military to help protect the planet against an alien race called the Formics. Much of his training takes place in the form of games, which is where the title comes from. But the tagline for the movie warns that “This is not a game.” Uh, so which is it? See the new artwork for yourself after the jump.
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While I’d like to say the highlight of Thursday’s San Diego Comic-Con panel for Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game was new footage from the film, that would be a falsity. The footage – a new trailer that sells the movie as an epic action extravaganza – was suitably impressive, even if it’s not exactly representative of the actual film. The real highlight was the second Comic-Con appearance of iconic actor Harrison Ford.
Ford, who first graced Comic-Con’s Hall H to promote Cowboys and Aliens, returned for Ender’s Game and good-naturedly rolled with punches thrown at him by moderator Chris Hardwick, writer/director Gavin Hood and fans who asked questions like, “What would Han Solo and Indiana Jones say to each other if they met?” Read more about the panel, and the footage, below. Read More »
San Diego residents may be curious as to what the huge, black tent sitting in the middle of their city is all about. That’s just Battle School. Summit Entertainment teamed up with HGTV to created The Ender’s Game Fan Experience, a massive construct outside the Hilton Gaslamp that literally takes you through the sets Gavin Hood created for his upcoming film, Ender’s Game. We walked through and snapped some photos, which you can check out below, along with a brand new Battle School recruitment video. Read More »
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For some, separating the views of author Orson Scott Card and the content of work has become impossible. Card wrote Ender’s Game, one of the most revered sci-fi novels, which is finally the subject of a big budget movie adaptation hitting theaters later this year. However, Card is also a vocal detractor of gay rights and is quite outspoken about the dangers of gay marriage. Because of that, some moviegoers began to organize a boycott of the film.
Lionsgate, the parent company of Summit, which will be releasing Ender’s Game on November 1, has now issued a response to the controversy. The studio calls attention to its long history of pro-gay films and promises to hold a fundraising premiere of the film with proceeds going towards the LGBT community. Read More »