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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
It feels like a film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game has been in the works for about as long as I can remember, so you’ll have to forgive me for my initial skepticism when it was announced last year that director Gavin Hood would be making yet another attempt to translate the novel to the big screen. But the project actually seems to be coming together this time around. Early this year writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman boarded the picture, Summit picked up the project a few months later, and now, apparently, casting is underway. The project has recently put out a casting call, seeking young actors to fill ten major roles including the part of Ender himself. Read more after the jump.
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Ender’s Game is a property that has been in development for what seems like forever. The last big attempt to make the film started in 2002 when Warner Bros. optioned it and eventually set Wolfgang Petersen to direct. That version died in 2009, at which point Odd Lot picked up the option and eventually hired Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine) to script. At the beginning of this year Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci added their clout to the effort.
Now Summit has signed on to co-finance and distribute a film based on the Gavin Hood script, and has set him to direct as well. Read More »
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In September, it was reported that Gavin Hood, the director of Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was developing a big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s award winning 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game. The trades reported that Hood had rewritten a script that Card himself wrote and was developing the project to direct with a production company called Odd Lot Entertainment. Tonight Roberto Orci revealed on Twitter that he is involved in the project with writing/producer-partner Alex Kurtzman.
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