ENDER'S GAME Movie Update

by Joey Paur

I am a huge fan of the Ender's Game series, and I have been waiting for a movie adaptation of the novel for some time now. This story has the potential to be an incredibly successful franchise, and one I am sure several people are excited to see be brought to life. The only problem is it doesn't seem like anyone can get it together. This movie adaptation has been through pre-production hell. The last we heard about Orson Scott Cards 'Ender's Game' is the project was scrapped. Director Wolfgang Peterson was the only director ever attached to the film but he left the project because apparently everyone had different creative differences. I have heard from people that Card is not an easy person to work with, that it is his way or the highway. Here is what he told L.A. Times back in January.

This complex weave of emotions has made Ender especially difficult to film and has resulted in two decades of fizzled studio meetings, dead-end scripts and a marathon director search. The author said he was not interested in a "tough-hero action film" and refuses to condescend to green-screen Hollywood. Card imagines a "film where the human relationships are absolutely essential - an honest presentation of the story."

As for what happened with Wolfgang Petersen, Card did not feel comfortable with the movie’s direction. That project was scrapped early in November. We have not heard anything since this all went down. But today our own Mazer was doing some research on the Ender's Game comic book, just trying to figure out what issues he is missing, which led him to Orson Scott Cards production company website Taleswapper. And on this site was an update on the Ender's Game movie as of this February Card tells us:

I have finished the latest (and best) revision of my Ender's Game screenplay, which I have turned in to Odd Lot Entertainment as the first step in their option of the film. We have assembled a team of producers who understand the story and I believe we have our best chance yet of getting a good movie made.

So a new script has been turned in it's been almost two months since this draft was submitted. I looked around to see if anything else has developed since, but there is no word on what is happening with it. I really hope this movie gets made. It has been trying to get off the ground for about two decades now, it's about time this thing happened. It's not like we don't have the technology to create something incredible. What do you think about this? Is this a movie you have been waiting to see? How do you want to see this movie made?

Source: Taleswapper