Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
One of the biggest questions about Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game involves the battle room. Any fan of Orson Scott Card‘s classic sci-fi novel knows much of the book’s excitement, character development and action takes place in a massive zero-gravity chamber where students of Battle School wage war and practices the techniques they learn about in class. The challenge of portraying that on screen is among the biggest hurdles for the upcoming film, so what better image to use for the teaser poster?
Ender’s Game is about a young boy (Asa Butterfield) who is recruited from Earth to a space-set Battle School. There, he’ll learn to be a military leader by commanding teams of other young kids in zero gravity war games. Co-starring Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis, the film will be released November 1. Check out the poster below along with some quotes from Hood about the film.
Thanks to Yahoo Movies for the poster. Click for hi-res. Hood talks about it below.
Speaking to Yahoo, Hood described the Battle Room:
This is the high school football field, only it’s in three dimensions. It’s the size of a football field in all directions: up, down, left, right. And the idea is teams jump out from opposite ends of this amazing space and play this amazing game of 3D paintball, almost.
He then revealed that, though it’s a cube in the book, Hood’s Battle Room is a sphere:
“What if we could see through? What if we could see out of the space, and we’re moving around the Earth and turning at the same time?” He said he felt that would create “a really strange, disorienting experience.”
We’ll have so much more Ender’s Game soon you can’t believe it. A trailer is coming, along with a report from the set, interviews and more. It’s about to get all Wiggin up in here in the coming months. But first, what do you think of the poster?
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