Skip to comments.Ender's Game: The Movie
Posted on 07/14/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT by EveningStar
Orson Scott Card's 1985 Hugo and Nebula Award winning science fiction novel, Ender's Game, is finally coming to the cinema.
Principal photography has been completed. The film is in post production and is scheduled for release on November 1, 2013.
Gavin Hood is the director and Card is one of the producers.
Asa Butterfield is in the title role and other cast members include, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis.
For more information, see IDMb, Wikipedia, and the Ender's Game Blog.
“Card is one of the producers”
I’ve been following this for a while. My only reservation is that Gavin Hood is directing it. He directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and well, we all know how that turned out (if all you saw was the work print, you didn’t miss anything). Horrible movie, and I still don’t know why it was so bad.
If the reason for that movie being terrible was writers, then he’ll get another shot. But if Ender’s Game comes out bad, and it was Hood’s fault, well, I just hope that it’s his last job in Hollywood.
Very much looking forward to this. Last year I read all of the Ender series of novels. It was addictive. I’m about to go get Card’s newest one (on the Formic war).
I’ve been following the Ender series since the beginning. I’m looking forward to the movie. Card is one of my favorite authors.
I have never shared the enthusiasm of the rest of the SF community for Orson Scott Card as a writer. Never-the-less, I wish him more success at seeing his book turned into a movie than many a better author.
Card is an excellent author as well as a philosopher. I read all the Ender’s series. I particularly liked the character “Bean” which itself an excellent spinoff.
I hope he continues to write more along this line.
I’ll be looking forward to Ender’s Games movie when it is released! I hope Hood doesn’t ruin it.
I only read the first Bean book. I thought it was “okay” but overwritten. I couldn’t wait for him to get Bean to the point of meeting Ender already. But even that fell flat because it seemed like Bean was the whole brains of the operation or at least the puppetmaster, which would make Ender the puppet.
After reading the links to ibmd and wikipedia, I fear if the movie fails to recapture the qualities that made the book a Hugo and Nebula winner, part of the blame (credit?) will have to go to Card himself.
Sweet! If they screw it up, like they did Starship Troopers, I may have to harm someone.
The book was OK but making it a movie is a waste of time and resources, to me. I’m through with miracle-child story-lines. It just insults your intelligence.
At least Card is one of the producers, so that should help a bit.
Ender’s Game ping.
It’s really a matter of personal taste. I liked Ender’s Game better than Dune, but that’s just me.
Are you sure? I read a review Card did of "The Phantom Menace" which he rightly panned but he claimed the kid playing Anakin was awesome and wanted him to play Ender in a proposed movie at the time. That kid isn't playing Ender thankfully but it gives me concerns about Card's judgement.
“I have never shared the enthusiasm of the rest of the SF community for Orson Scott Card as a writer.”
Ditto. Probably because Card isn’t a very good writer. The stories themselves are quite interesting, but the writing basically sucks. I gave up after reading the first three books because of that. Still. That means there’s a decent chance the movie could be better than the book in telling the story. It all depends on the level of talent of the screenwriters and the directors, since the cast looks first class.
He was probably referring to Jake Lloyd personally. I saw an interview with him on Jay Leno, and even as a 10-year old, he came across as very, very bright. The abomination of “Phantom Menace” marred everyone involved, and, unfortunately for Lloyd, he wasn’t a big enough star (like Portman, Jackson, Lee, Macgregor, etc) to recover from it.
Ho hum, I’ll pass.
Now if only somebody made a thrilling trilogy all about and a PROPERLY made Halo: Combat Evolved or starting with The Fall of Reach and then working on then I’ll get worked up.
None of those Canadian half assed special effects flics, the whole enchilada.
Bring it on Hollywood, I dare you to make Halo you limp wristed left leaning greeners.
That would be awesome; I’d definitely go see that.
If Hollywood could pull it off it would create a phenomenon bigger than when Star Wars a New Hope came out.
Has to be at least a trilogy. has to contain how Spartan 117 came to be, how he became the last of the Spartans, how the battle was fought on the Halo ring, fought on Earth, including the Forerunners, and of course why the Halo rings were made.
Actually a six part series would be better.
Thanks for the ping. I loved the book and hope the movie turns out well.
I was listening to the audio book of Dune when I was at work, and hearing all the Arabic overtones kinda made me uneasy. I wound up not finishing it and I don’t much to anyway.
Honestly, I think they’d be fine to mirror the game series. The first Halo game described who/what Master Chief and Cortana are very well, it described what the Halo worlds are and why they are there, established the Covenant and the Flood. I haven’t played “Halo 2”, but “Halo 3” was also well-told and a good cap to the saga. Then follow up with “Halo: Reach” to show how the events unfolded into what happened in the Halo Trilogy.
Of course, the question must be asked—does a movie series even need to be made? The games did such a great job of telling the story, I can’t help but think movies just open up the possibility of ruining the story. I think the same of “God of War” for that matter.
Actually making Halo come to life would be too challenging for Hollywood nowadays. Maybe either Stephen Speilberg or George Lucas when they were younger.
Check out the Youtube video of the teaser trailer for Halo 4, its on the web, I have seen a small part at the moviehouse, thought it was an actual real life movie, but its just the teaser for the game coming out in november.
I read somewhere that Denzel Washington was once considered for the role of the Master Chief, and that the helmet would have a transparent visor, rather than the shimmering gold one we all know.
While I think Washington is a good actor, he would be at the bottom of my personal list for people who play that role. He just wouldn’t be the right guy for the job.
The full reveal video for Halo 4 was over 7 minutes long, and really made the nerd side of me jump for joy.
One good reason for making one or a few Halo movies is that you could actually sit back and watch it unfold, without worrying about dying, and enjoy it. I know there’s the whole issue of immersion in gaming, but if a Halo movie is made well enough, it could chart on the record books.
Heaven save us if they try to sneak in a CGI stretched Tom Cruise.
Obviously a no-name actor, but someone much like a Rutger Hauer person would better, first off it has to be a personna of what the MC is both physically in size and with the hard core dedicated warrior mindset, of which Hollyweird seems to have lost.
I have not been on the halo gaming forums in quite a bit but the Halo 4 release at one time had a rumor it had to be played on a new console dubbed the XBOX 720.
Supposed to be Bluray capable and with advanced Kinect features.
A person could create a lively thread posting one just about the upcoming Halo 4 game.
A lot more interesting than some political sniping and mudslinging topics I would say, I might even do it myself.
But if anyone does feel free to add me to the ping list, I have been just lurking and ducking for cover here at FR this last week.
The film of ST was a satire and a pretty good one.
Not Muslim - Sufi.
Take out the murder of non-believers, the enslavement of women, the killing of those who want to leave, and all the rest of the perversion, and emphasize peace, compassion and the Practice of the Presence of God, and you have what Herbert based Dune on.
Sufism - Islam, before it went insane.
Can you remember all the books in the series? I got lost in all those extended lives and re-genetic stories
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