For those of you have been anxiously waiting for Ender's Game like we have, you now have a date to look forward to. Summit Entertainment will release the Gavin Hood directed big screen adaptation on March 15th, 2013! Summit also announced release dates for Red 2 - August 2, 2013 and the Louis Leterrier directed magician heist film Now You See Me - July 18, 2013.
The author of the book and screenwriter Orson Scott Card recent reached out to us and gave us some details and insight on what we have to look forward to from the movie. Here's what he had to say...
The problem with the book, as a movie, is that all the important information about ender's motives comes from internal monologue - his thoughts. Since voiceovers are loathsome, Ender's actions would remain unexplained, and he would appear to be little more than a violent kid.
Also, the book would make a movie that was at least four hours long. Much has to be cut - including all of Peter's and Valentine's online exploits, the mind game, and much of the incidental material before Ender gets into Bonzo's army.
In short, much will be omitted. But I remain confident that as long as the character of Ender himself, with his relationships with other kids, is in the movie, it will still be Ender's Game to my own satisfaction and the satisfaction of the fans.
...Whoever plays Ender will almost certainly be an actor you haven't seen before, and with any luck, a child who has not gone through the soul-numbing process of being cute on camera. In other words, I hope it is a child who never had an agent, but who is very, very intelligent and therefore can take direction.
Here is my own source of greatest confidence: The movie will not erase a single word of the book! That's how I endure knowing that Peter Jackson committed the repulsive crime of removing the Scouring of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings movie, which is akin to removing the last chapter from EG. THAT, at least, I know will not happen in the EG movie - all the producers understand that the point of the story is finding out that the very thing that allowed Ender to defeat the formics (loving his enemy in order to defeat them) makes his discovery all the more galling to him.
What do you all think about what Card had to say regarding Ender's Game?