Orsen Scott Card is writing a series of new novels that will serve as a direct sequel to his first Ender's Game book. According to direct Gavin Hood, these new books could pave the way for more sequels to the movie, which would be amazing!
I loved Ender's Game, and I was really hoping that we would see more Ender focused films. The problem was the book's sequel, Speaker for the Dead, doesn't take place until 30 years after the events of the first novel.
The new novel that Card is writing is called Fleet School, and it will be the first of a new series of stories that will act as direct chronological sequels to Ender's Game. I think Card might be writing these books as way for the studio to make some sequels to Ender's Game that would feel more like the first film, but without the main character, Ender. After all, Ender is now on his own mission. I won't get into any spoiler details if you haven't seen the movie or read the book. Here's what Card says about the book,
"It’s about what happens to Battle School after the International Fleet loses its purpose of war. A 'fleet school' will form and prepare kids to be commanders [and] explorers in the colonies that are going to be forming."
Hood went on to talk to Hero Complex about how the new book could be the the film's sequel,
It’s a great question, but I think it’s such a difficult one to answer, because the sequel “Speaker for the Dead” takes place 30 years after, so we’re in an interesting place. I think we have to hope that audiences respond to the film… And Orson is apparently writing something that’s more of a direct follow called ["Fleet School"]. Obviously, from the studio’s point of view, they’d almost certainly want to move the characters from this film into the next journey. So it may be that “Speaker for the Dead” is not the sequel now.
But to be perfectly honest, I don’t think we can count our sequels before they hatch. We’ve got a complicated film here. I hope that it does two things. I hope that it gives the audiences the visual excitement that they want from a big movie, but it does have the challenge of asking questions that films of this kind don’t usually ask. And we’ll have to see whether audiences embrace that. Most big popcorn movies are bad guy does something to good guy, good guy gets revenge on bad guy, sets the world right and moves on. And “Ender’s Game” is just not that simple, so it’s an exciting challenge. It’s a little terrifying, and let’s see how audiences respond. I hope they respond well so we can keep doing films that are not just goodies versus baddies.
I'm excited about the new book sequels, and I hope they are good. If they are, I would love to see some more Ender's Game movie sequels. I know there's a lot of controversy with Card, but I grew up reading his stuff, and I really enjoy his work. What do you think of Card's new novels and the possibility they could spawn movie sequels?