Briefly: ‘Tis the season for the corporate earnings call, and we’re getting a lot of interesting news out of a couple of these conferences between execs and shareholders. Disney had its call yesterday, and opened the day by announcing four new Marvel shows and an “event miniseries” on Netflix — a good way to keep shareholders happy on the important day.
Lionsgate did its own call today, and one question concerned the future of Ender’s Game as a possible franchise. The film directed by Gavin Hood hasn’t performed in quite the way a company might hope a big sci-fi piece would, with $41m in global earnings so far, but that’s not so bad for a film that has a story and ending like Ender’s. The film, which hews close to the source material in many ways, isn’t quite a big crowd-rousing spectacle.
So there’s no instant sequel green light. Asked about the future of Ender today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said the company plans to “wait another week or two” before making the decision. But there’s a wrinkle, as he also said that Ender’s story could spin off to TV. [Variety]
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I won’t go into full-on Ender’s Game spoilers here above the fold, but many have wondered whether or not the film would earn a sequel, and if so how the story would work out. See, the film Ender’s Game retains the basic ending of the original novel by Orson Scott Card, and that leads into a more complex and stranger sequel called Speaker for the Dead.
Trouble is, that novel takes place many years after Ender’s Game. The actors from this season’s film wouldn’t be able to make the jump without extensive reworking of the story.
But Card is penning another story, called Fleet School, which is planned as the first of a set of new books that will act as direct chronological sequels to Ender’s Game. Given the way things work, we’re more likely to see an adaptation of Fleet School than of Speaker for the Dead. More info follows. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 by David Chen
Dave and Devindra discuss the possibility of a Joe Cornish Star Trek film, Paramount’s dwindling franchise slate, the ballad of Damon Lindelof, and Vincenzo Natali’s latest film Haunter. Special guest Jordan Hoffman joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out the long history of Ender’s Game, Damon Lindelof’s spoiler-filled response to Breaking Bad, and why movies open overseas before they open here.
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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 Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Good news for fans of Ender’s Game who don’t want their movie ticket dollars lining the pockets of notorious homophobe: They won’t. After all that controversy over author Orson Scott Card‘s extreme conservative views, a new report indicates that Card doesn’t actually stand to make any money off of Gavin Hood‘s film, and never did.
However, devotees of Card’s story aren’t totally in the clear. Card is still profiting from sales of his original novel, which has climbed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list in advance of the film’s release. Hit the jump to learn why Card won’t rake in any of that sweet box office dough.
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3D printing could revolutionize the commercial world. Almost anything you can imagine can be reproduced in a 3D printer and Hollywood has begun to notice. For example, on the set of Ender’s Game, many of the film’s props were created in a 3D printer, likely saving money in terms of industrial and labor-intensive individual production.
It’s fitting, then, that Ender’s Game is now the first movie to offer prop replicas created by a 3D printer. (Replicas are usually sold by companies like Sideshow Collectibles and NECA.) The company behind the offering is called Sandboxr. Fans can log onto their website, choose and customize a bunch of different ships from the film, and have them printed for a relatively affordable price.
Below, get all the links and check out an infographic that’ll prepare you for the film, which opens this Friday, November 1. Read More »
Ender’s Game fans have waited decades to see Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi film on screen. Now it’s less than two weeks away. Gavin Hood‘s adaptation, starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford, opens November 1. The film features beautiful visual effects and plenty of practical effects as well, specifically in the highly-anticipated zero gravity battle room scenes.
You’ll see how they built the battle room, and lots more, in this new visual effects video called Building Ender’s World. Check it out below. Read More »
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Mondo has announced that they will be releasing limited edition Ender’s Game screen-printed posters created by Martin Ansin. The regular edition will be $50 and an edition of 340, while the variant will be on sale for $75 with an edition of only 160. Both posters are 24″ x 36″, with the regular edition opting for a brighter red color scheme. Check them both out, after the jump.
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