Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
We all have our dream movies. Movies based on things we loved earlier in life that we never thought would see the light of day. The Avengers, out in a few weeks, is a big one. 2000’s X-Men is another, and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is probably the granddaddy of them all.
For me, one of the films on that list has to be Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card’s book didn’t find its way into my life until my twenties but when it did, it fit in perfectly with all I’d loved before it. Science fiction, kids saving the world, epic battles, video games, all of these things are blended together in Ender’s Game to make one of the most surprising and influential stories in modern science fiction.
And now, after years of development hell, a movie is finally being made. Written and directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Haliee Steinfeld, it won’t be released until November 2013 but because there are superfans like me out there, every time a new photo is released, it’s exciting. Check out the latest images, including the monitor that keeps Ender in check and his bedroom, after the jump.
These two photos are the latest on the official Ender Tumblr. The left image is Ender’s Monitor and the right is his room back on Earth, which appears at the beginning of the film.
On the Tumblr, producer Roberto Orci gives a brief description of each. Here’s the monitor.
Though Ender’s world is one worth saving, it sometimes comes with a price. The novel was amazingly prescient about a great many things: remote controlled drone wars, the internet, the influence of blogging, hand held computing tablets like the I-Pad, and of course, electronic surveillance implants. Implanted tracking and monitoring chips are no longer a science fiction concept. They exist now. And one day, they may be as advanced as the monitor implanted into Ender, which allows Colonel Graff to “see through his eyes” and know: HE’S THE ONE.
Heres the room.
The more futuristic the world, the more invisible its technology. So why shouldn’t Ender’s room look just like any normal kid’s room? And not every future is a dark dystopia. The world that Ender lives in is a world worth saving. That’s why he is willing to leave his family to go into an orbiting Battle School and risk not seeing his sister, Valentine, again until they are both adults. That doesn’t mean this world doesn’t have rules. Ender’s parents had to get permission from the state to have a third child, and if Ender ever had any doubt if he was unwanted, his mother and father’s shock at having their son recruited to be a future leader and transferred to space makes it clear to him that they’ve always loved him. They know that when Ender leaves the safety of his home, they will not be able to protect him any longer. We will keep your room for you just as you left it, Ender…
Finally, Enders Ansible has experitely dissected the room image to break down all of the things the production designred used to tell who Ender is via set dressing. Here’s the first image below, head to their site for the breakdown.
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