Ender's Game Battle School

The Ender’s Game viral site I.F. Sentinel has been updated to include three brand new posters. They’re propaganda posters for the International Fleet, and the images take us through the three stages of their approach. Those just so happen to be three major stages of the film. First is fear, and a poster promising “The Next Invasion Is Imminent” covers that. Second is hope, asking us to “Join the Next Generation of Heroes.” Third is duty, as an image of Battle School (above) lets us all know we need to “Protect Earth.”

“Protect Earth” from what exactly? Well in the November 1 film, directed by Gavin Hood, Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is recruited to train in Battle School to help the human race defeat the evil Buggers, which are exactly what the name sounds like: bugs. Check out the three new posters below. Read More »

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Ender's Game Battle Room

A day Ender’s Game fans never thought would happen has arrived. The first teaser trailer for the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s landmark sci-fi novel is finally here.

For years, Hollywood told fans the age of the characters and the complicated action sequences made the story unfilmable. Enter director Gavin Hood who, along with producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and others, willed the film to the big screen. They cast Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the title character, a young man who is recruited to go into space and train as a military leader whose destiny is to save the world. Harrison Ford plays his gruff mentor and the rest of the cast is filled out with Oscar-calibur talent like Hailee Steinfeld, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

Ender’s Game opens November 1 and, below you can see just how Hood’s vision came together. Read More »

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 »

First Look: Ben Kingsley in ‘Ender’s Game’

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This weekend people will be talking about Ben Kingsley, whose work in Iron Man 3 gives the film some of its most surprising and entertaining moments. (No spoilers in the comments, please.) After that, the actor will be seen in writer/director Gavin Hood’s much anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi novel Ender’s Game.

The first trailer for the film will be released next week, and presumably that will outline how the young boy Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is trained at Battle School to become a possible leader in humanity’s last-ditch effort to repel alien attackers. As a pre-trailer tease, Summit has released the first look at Kingsley, who plays the half-Maori veteran commander Mazer Rackham. 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 »

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 »

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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