Ender's Game has the awesome potential to be a huge successful movie franchise, one that has the ability to make massive amounts of money. The film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's classic 1985 sci-fi novel has been down a long disappointing road to nowhere. People have been trying to get this movie made for years, but it always seems to fall into development hell.
Back in September it was revealed that Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was currently developing the project. He's definitely not my first choice as a director for the film because I hated that Wolverine movie. Hood has rewritten a script that was written by Card, and he's planning to direct it for Odd Lot Entertainment. Personally, I don't think he's the right guy for the job.
It looks like a couple more people are jumping on board the Enders Game film project. Roberto Orci revealed on his twitter account the both he and his writing/producer partner Alex Kurtzman will jump on board the project to help it get rolling. This is the same team that wrote the Transformers movies, Star Trek, Mission Impossible III, Cowboys & Aliens, and more. Heres what Orci had to say exactly,
Ender's Game! Us(K/O), Oddlot, and Gavin Hood taking his amazing script to the town! Who wants some?
I want some! I just hope the film adaptation is done right. This could easily end up being a disaster. Orci doesn't reveal what role they will play in the development of the film, but I imagine it will be a producing type capacity. Maybe this time around the Enders Game movie will finally get to the big screen. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
What are your thoughts on Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci helping to develop Ender's Game?
Here is the description from the book:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut-young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.