James Horner Tapped To Score ‘Ender’s Game’

Oscar-winning composer James Horner has been hired by director Gavin Hood to write the music for Ender’s Game. The film, scheduled for release November 1, stars Asa Butterfield as a kid-genius recruited to space so he can train as a military leader. Harrison Ford co-stars along with Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Moises Arias and others.  Read More »


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Germain’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

Anyone who considers the number thirteen unlucky obviously hasn’t looked at the upcoming film schedule. 2013 looks like a movie lovers dream with a huge bevy of different sci-fi films for us to enjoy, major superhero films, sequels we didn’t think we see, classic novels being adapted, prequels to great movies, true stories told and so much more.

Yes, 2013 is looking promising and with 2012 just about over, I’m proud to present my top ten anticipated films of 2013. 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 »

We all have our dream movies. Movies based on things we loved earlier in life that we never thought would see the light of day. The Avengers, out in a few weeks, is a big one. 2000’s X-Men is another, and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is probably the granddaddy of them all.

For me, one of the films on that list has to be Ender’s Game. Orson Scott Card’s book didn’t find its way into my life until my twenties but when it did, it fit in perfectly with all I’d loved before it. Science fiction, kids saving the world, epic battles, video games, all of these things are blended together in Ender’s Game to make one of the most surprising and influential stories in modern science fiction.

And now, after years of development hell, a movie is finally being made. Written and directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Haliee Steinfeld, it won’t be released until November 2013 but because there are superfans like me out there, every time a new photo is released, it’s exciting. Check out the latest images, including the monitor that keeps Ender in check and his bedroom, after the jump. Read More »

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Lots of films are being shuffled around today and here’s the skinny.

  • Gavin Hood‘s finally filming, forever in-development adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game has been pushed from its initial March 15, 2013 release date all the way back to November 1, 2013.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen‘s upcoming comedy The Dictator has been moved forward five days later, to May 16, so as not be in direct competition with Tim Burton’s dark Johnny Depp comedy Dark Shadows.
  • Maleficent, Angelina Jolie‘s Disney Sleeping Beauty-prequel where she’ll star as an eventual evil witch has now been dated March 14, 2014, continuing the trend of major films Disney opening in March. It’ll be directed by Robert Stromberg.

Discuss the moves after the jump. 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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It’s wild that, after years and years of being stuck in development hell, the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game is finally headed to the screen thanks to the efforts of writer/director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine). The film follows the development of Ender Wiggin, a young kid who is recruited to an elite battle school where kids are trained in preparation for a third conflict with an alien race called the Formics that nearly destroyed humanity in previous encounters. There’s a good bit more to it than that, but I won’t give things away for those unfamiliar with the story.

A production blog has just been launched to chronicle the making of the film. Over time, it might provide some of the first looks at the characters and sets. For now, we’ll have to settle for producer Roberto Orci‘s enthusiastic words about the young Asa Butterfield (Hugo), who plays Ender. Read More »