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 »


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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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Casting on the long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi YA novel Ender’s Game has been falling into place over the past month, with Asa Butterfield (Hugo) signed on for the lead role and Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley in talks to join as well. Now Canadian teen star Brendan Meyer has boarded the project in the role of Stilson, a classmate who bullies Ender. Meyer is best known for his lead role in the Canadian series Mr. Young, which follows a child prodigy who graduates college at 14 and returns to his high school as a science teacher.

Gavin Hood will direct the film from his own script, about a gifted boy who is drafted into a special military program that trains children to fight against an alien species called the Formics. Ender’s Game will begin shooting early next year for a March 2013 release. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Tom Wilkinson gets some help in Disney’s The Lone Ranger.

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‘Hugo’ – What Did You Think?

If I had to imagine the results of a quick exit poll, I really don’t know how I’d expect responses to Martin Scorsese‘s latest movie, Hugo, to fall. The director’s first ‘family’ film is an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret and, on the surface at least, tells the story of a young boy’s attempt to live in the roof of a train station in ’30s Paris. The boy, Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is trying to repair a curious automaton that is the last relic of his father, and in so doing discovers tales of the earliest days of cinema.

Hugo has a very impressive use of 3D that makes perhaps the best argument yet for the format, and expresses such a love for early cinema that some scenes within may be the most irresistible stuff to parade in front of the eyes of film nerds this season. But it isn’t uniformly as magnificent as some of the best scenes, and it isn’t the sort of family film that audiences are expecting to see. So let us know: what did you think about Hugo? Read More »

It’s not a bad week to be 14-year-old Asa Butterfield. He’s the star of a brand new Martin Scorsese movie, Hugo, that hits screens in less than a week and he’s just landed one of the most coveted child roles in recent memory. He’ll play Ender Wiggin, the child prodigy, military leading star of Ender’s Game directed by Gavin Hood. Read more after the jump. Read More »