Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by David Chen
It is difficult to believe that a big-budget version of Ender’s Game is finally going to be playing at your local multiplex this weekend. It’s taken 28 years for a film to finally be made based upon the beloved book. After many, many aborted attempts, false starts, and different scripts, I questioned whether the version of the film we ended up with would be any good. Does it live up to the promise of the book? Is it as generic as its trailers might imply? Is it at all coherent in its attempt to tell the story of a book that is hundreds of pages long?
After the jump, I share my thoughts on the film in under 2 minutes.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
George Lucas basically wipes his butt with money these days (or could if he wanted to), but as a newly surfaced payroll memo from 1968 shows, even this gazillionaire had relatively humble beginnings. Also after the jump:
- The long lost Black Angel will get a digital release in 2014
- Harrison Ford is still ducking questions about Episode VII
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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 »
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 »
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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Fans who travel to San Diego Comic-Con in July will be able to take a flight to Battle School. Summit Entertainment has revealed they’ll be bringing their sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game to the convention in full force. It starts Thursday July 18 with a Hall H panel featuring stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. (Yes, Harrison Ford will be back at Comic-Con.) The experience continues on the Hilton Gaslamp lawn with an exhibit showcasing eight rooms representing the most recognizable environments of Ender’s world, and finally a show-floor booth with plenty of goodies. Read more below. Read More »
A day Ender’s Game fans never thought would happen has arrived. The first teaser trailer for the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s landmark sci-fi novel is finally here.
For years, Hollywood told fans the age of the characters and the complicated action sequences made the story unfilmable. Enter director Gavin Hood who, along with producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and others, willed the film to the big screen. They cast Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the title character, a young man who is recruited to go into space and train as a military leader whose destiny is to save the world. Harrison Ford plays his gruff mentor and the rest of the cast is filled out with Oscar-calibur talent like Hailee Steinfeld, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.
Ender’s Game opens November 1 and, below you can see just how Hood’s vision came together. Read More »
As trailer teases go, this first brief bit of footage from Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game is pretty good. It shows the major cast members: Asa Butterfield as young military student Ender; Harrison Ford as his teacher Colonel Graff, and Ben Kingsley as war hero Mazer Rackham. It also gives you a look at the battle room, where Ender is trained to be a warrior in the fight against aliens who have battled Earth in the past and who represent a threat to humanity’s future.
There’s also a slightly awkward intro from Butterfield and Ford, but the footage is probably going to be the highlight for fans of the novel. Watch for the trailer on Tuesday May 7. Read More »
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. Read More »