The long awaited film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game has once again found some pretty heavy momentum. This franchise has been trying to get to the big screen for over over a decade, and now there's a chance it may actually happen.
An Ender's Game package has been sent out to every major studio and financing companies in hopes that someone will bite so they can finally get this movie into production. Warner Bros., Disney, and Sony are just a few of the studios that have been approached. Follow=up meeting are being scheduled for next week.
The script for the film was written by Orson Scott Card himself. X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood has taken that script and re-written it. He's also attached to direct the film. It was also recently announced that Star Trek writers and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are attached produce the movie. Their involvement is the only reason I think this movie has a chance of moving forward. They have become a very powerful producing duo in Hollywood recently. My biggest problem with this whole this is Hood, I have absolutely zero confidence in this guy after what he did with that craptastic Wolverine movie. The script, story, direction, and special effects sucked in that movie, and for Ender's Game to be successful it has to be the complete opposite. Hood is the weak link, and if he ends up actually directing the film then I doubt we will get all of the Ender's Game movie we've all been waiting for.
If for some reason you haven't read this book series yet you need to start because it's pretty freakin' incredible. It's one of my favorite sci-fi book series of all time.
What are your thoughts on this team of people bringing Ender's Game to the big screen?
Here's the description of 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.
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