First Brief ‘Ender’s Game’ Footage

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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 »

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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 »

Ender’s Game is still nine months away, but Summit has slowly begun to crank up their marketing machine. A brand new still from the film was released today, along with the logos of the four Battle School armies. “Battle School armies,” you say? Well yes.

Directed by Gavin Hood and based on a book by Orson Scott Card, 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. Below, check out a brand new still and logos. Read More »

Very soon, lists of anticipated films coming in 2013 will start being posted on the internet and – spoiler alert – this one is going to be on mine. Ender’s Game, based on the classic sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, is scheduled for release November 1. Directed by Gavin Hood, it stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. The film follows a beyond-genius young man (Butterfield) who is recruited and trained to lead an army against a villainous race of bugs.

Producers were teasing images during production but with post-production now well under way, our first official look at the film has been revealed. Check out the full image below. Read More »

When writers visit film sets, they’re generally embargoed from discussing what they’ve seen. It’s just impossible to judge a film while it’s still in production, far from its final look and studios would ideally like impressions to come out closer to a film’s release date. Apparently that embargo doesn’t hold true if you are the person who created the property being put to film.

Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender’s Game, recently visited the set of the in-production film, written and directed by Gavin Hood, and took to the Internet to give his thoughts and reveal some new information. He talked about the chemistry between stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield as well as answered one of the biggest questions surrounding the movie: How is Hood going to handle the massive battles that take place in a zero gravity room? He also reveals he has a cameo in the 2013 release. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game doesn’t open until November 2013, but the filmmakers are already starting to get the word out about the film. Book and film both center on Ender Wiggin, a young boy enlisted in a military school ostensibly meant to train a new generation of soldiers and officers for a war against an alien race. Asa Butterfield (Hugo) plays Ender, and Harrison Ford is the Colonel who oversees his training. Also in the cast are Abigail Breslin, Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Nonso Anozie and Viola Davis.

In addition to the basic plot outline that sees Ender training against the backdrop of an interstellar war, there’s more to Ender’s Game that makes it a fan favorite, and a potentially tricky adaptation. Without spoiling anything, it’s safe to say that there’s more going on than that superficial description would suggest, and that’s where the real power of the story lies.

We’ve wondered how the adaptation would take shape, and now writer/director Hood and producer Roberto Orci have taken part in a Q&A posted to the production’s ongoing behind the scenes blog. In that batch of questions and answers, there are some details that slightly ratchet up my interest in the film. Read More »

After many long years of tortured development, production is actually, finally underway on the live-action cinematic adaptation of Ender’s Game under the direction of Gavin Hood (Wolverine). Asa Butterfield (Hugo) stars as young Ender Wiggin, an unusually talented child who’s drafted into an elite military program that trains children to fight against an alien race called the Formics.

Considering how beloved the source material by Orson Scott Card is and how long readers have been waiting to see it hit the big screen, Hood and company have some seriously high expectations to live up to. While it’ll be some time before we find out just how the movie version compares, early set photos offer hints of what we’re in for. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

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The Bridesmaids ladies aren’t the only female ensemble cast enjoying a well-deserved career boost this awards season. Hours after we reported that Octavia Spencer had signed on for Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic thriller Snow Piercer, Spencer’s The Help co-star Viola Davis has booked supporting roles in Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi flick Ender’s Game and Richard LaGravenese‘s fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures. Read more after the jump.

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