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Ender's Game: The Movie
Multiple | July 14, 2012

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.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cinema; endersgame; film; hugoaward; hugoawards; movies; nebulaaward; nebulaawards; orsonscottcard

1 posted on 07/14/2012 9:35:47 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg; KevinDavis

ping


2 posted on 07/14/2012 9:37:56 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

“Card is one of the producers”

Most excellent.


3 posted on 07/14/2012 9:41:53 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: EveningStar

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.


4 posted on 07/14/2012 9:43:23 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: EveningStar

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).


5 posted on 07/14/2012 9:51:00 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: EveningStar

I’ve been following the Ender series since the beginning. I’m looking forward to the movie. Card is one of my favorite authors.


6 posted on 07/14/2012 9:56:44 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: EveningStar

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.


7 posted on 07/14/2012 9:58:11 AM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: EveningStar

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.


8 posted on 07/14/2012 10:04:08 AM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (We have met the enemy and they is us!)
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

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.


9 posted on 07/14/2012 10:08:18 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: VietVet

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.


10 posted on 07/14/2012 10:13:59 AM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: EveningStar

Sweet! If they screw it up, like they did Starship Troopers, I may have to harm someone.


11 posted on 07/14/2012 10:32:47 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: VietVet

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.


12 posted on 07/14/2012 10:40:23 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: wastedyears

At least Card is one of the producers, so that should help a bit.


13 posted on 07/14/2012 10:45:07 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: EveningStar
People told me that Enders Game was as good as Dune so I bought the book and read it. It doesn't even come close the the writings of the Dune series. Yes, I will see the movie but not expecting much.
14 posted on 07/14/2012 11:05:53 AM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: zot; SeraphimApprentice; Interesting Times

Ender’s Game ping.


15 posted on 07/14/2012 11:26:11 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: fish hawk

It’s really a matter of personal taste. I liked Ender’s Game better than Dune, but that’s just me.


16 posted on 07/14/2012 11:37:13 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: ctdonath2
“Card is one of the producers”

Most excellent.

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.

17 posted on 07/14/2012 11:42:09 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: VietVet

“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.


18 posted on 07/14/2012 11:49:10 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: pepsi_junkie

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.


19 posted on 07/14/2012 11:56:45 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: EveningStar

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.


20 posted on 07/14/2012 12:01:13 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: Eye of Unk

That would be awesome; I’d definitely go see that.


21 posted on 07/14/2012 12:02:25 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

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.


22 posted on 07/14/2012 12:06:30 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. I loved the book and hope the movie turns out well.


23 posted on 07/14/2012 12:10:14 PM PDT by zot
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To: EveningStar; fish hawk

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.


24 posted on 07/14/2012 12:18:17 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Eye of Unk

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.


25 posted on 07/14/2012 12:18:25 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Eye of Unk

Actually making Halo come to life would be too challenging for Hollywood nowadays. Maybe either Stephen Speilberg or George Lucas when they were younger.


26 posted on 07/14/2012 12:20:13 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


27 posted on 07/14/2012 12:23:53 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: Eye of Unk

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.


28 posted on 07/14/2012 12:27:57 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Eye of Unk

The full reveal video for Halo 4 was over 7 minutes long, and really made the nerd side of me jump for joy.


29 posted on 07/14/2012 12:30:24 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Future Snake Eater

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.


30 posted on 07/14/2012 12:32:05 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: wastedyears

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.


31 posted on 07/14/2012 12:32:20 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: wastedyears

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.


32 posted on 07/14/2012 12:36:55 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: wastedyears

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.


33 posted on 07/14/2012 12:39:43 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: wastedyears
True, Frank Herbert must have really studied the Islamic cult as his books use that as a base for his novel. But, Islam is a reality and if anything, helped me understand the Muslim thinking. It did not detract from the book to me.
Had it tried to make the Emperor and or the Harkonnans look somewhat like Christians, that would have been the end of it all for me but they were more villain than the Islamic types.
34 posted on 07/14/2012 12:42:33 PM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

The film of ST was a satire and a pretty good one.


35 posted on 07/14/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT by Borges
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To: fish hawk
True, Frank Herbert must have really studied the Islamic cult as his books use that as a base for his novel. But, Islam is a reality and if anything, helped me understand the Muslim thinking. It did not detract from the book to me. Had it tried to make the Emperor and or the Harkonnans look somewhat like Christians, that would have been the end of it all for me but they were more villain than the Islamic types.

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.

36 posted on 07/14/2012 4:20:04 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: mnehring

Can you remember all the books in the series? I got lost in all those extended lives and re-genetic stories


37 posted on 07/14/2012 7:51:04 PM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in theĀ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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