‘Ender’s Game’ Sequel Could Land on TV

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Briefly: ‘Tis the season for the corporate earnings call, and we’re getting a lot of interesting news out of a couple of these conferences between execs and shareholders. Disney had its call yesterday, and opened the day by announcing four new Marvel shows and an “event miniseries” on Netflix — a good way to keep shareholders happy on the important day.

Lionsgate did its own call today, and one question concerned the future of Ender’s Game as a possible franchise. The film directed by Gavin Hood hasn’t performed in quite the way a company might hope a big sci-fi piece would, with $41m in global earnings so far, but that’s not so bad for a film that has a story and ending like Ender’s. The film, which hews close to the source material in many ways, isn’t quite a big crowd-rousing spectacle.

So there’s no instant sequel green light. Asked about the future of Ender today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said the company plans to “wait another week or two” before making the decision. But there’s a wrinkle, as he also said that Ender’s story could spin off to TV. [Variety]

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I won’t go into full-on Ender’s Game spoilers here above the fold, but many have wondered whether or not the film would earn a sequel, and if so how the story would work out. See, the film Ender’s Game retains the basic ending of the original novel by Orson Scott Card, and that leads into a more complex and stranger sequel called Speaker for the Dead.

Trouble is, that novel takes place many years after Ender’s Game. The actors from this season’s film wouldn’t be able to make the jump without extensive reworking of the story.

But Card is penning another story, called Fleet School, which is planned as the first of a set of new books that will act as direct chronological sequels to Ender’s Game. Given the way things work, we’re more likely to see an adaptation of Fleet School than of Speaker for the Dead. More info follows.  Read More »

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Below, get all the links and check out an infographic that’ll prepare you for the film, which opens this Friday, November 1. Read More »

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You’ll see how they built the battle room, and lots more, in this new visual effects video called Building Ender’s World. Check it out below. Read More »

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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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