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 »

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.

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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 »

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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Harrison Ford is really back. After quite a few years in which the actor took only occasional roles, we’ve seen him in Cowboys & Aliens this past summer, and he just signed to play famed baseball manager Branch Rickey in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42.

And now Ford is going to do another real sci-fi picture, as he has signed to play Colonel Hyram Graff in Gavin Hood‘s adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game, after being rumored as one of the actors likely to be offered the role Read More »

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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Orson Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game is such an exciting, surprising and influential sci-fi story that even if a film version was populated with unknowns, it would have a lot going for it. Director Gavin Hood is raising the bar though, populating his film with an absolutely stellar cast. The latest addition is Ben Kingsley playing Mazer Rackham, a pivotal character whose back story is kind of a major spoiler. I’ll explain with plenty of warning after the jump but for now Kingsley now joins a cast that includes his Hugo co-star Asa Butterfield as Ender, True Grit‘s Haliee Steinfeld as Petra and potentially, but not locked in, Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff. Read More »