Skip to comments.'Ender's Game': Harrison Ford stares down Asa Butterfield in first photo
Posted on 12/06/2012 12:21:15 PM PST by EveningStar
Anyone who has read Orson Scott Cards beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Enders Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, its challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but its an even taller order to capture the novels complex themes about war and morality...
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One of the best books ever written. The problem is that you won’t be able to find so many young kids who have the talent to accurately portray all the characters.
That’s why they picked older kids for the roles.
Seriously though, I can't wait. I have a signed copy of the book by Mr. Card.
Harrison doesn’t look so good there. Looks bloated.
Looking forward to this one. I just hope it doesn’t bank enough for them to decide to do the other books, they stink. 1 great book with a number of atrocious sequels... hmm actually that’s perfect for Hollywood.
I read it as a short story in "Analog" magazine -- back in 1977, if I remember correctly.
The themes aren’t that complex. I liked it because it was such a straightforward pageturner. It’s one of the few novels I’ve read in one sitting. I assume the problem with getting Sneer onscreen is not its complexity but the fact that it’s incredibly violent and about a 5 year old (or so, I don’t recall perfectly). Also a lot of it takes place in zero gravity.
The themes aren’t that complex. I liked it because it was such a straightforward pageturner. It’s one of the few novels I’ve read in one sitting. I assume the problem with getting Ender onscreen is not its complexity but the fact that it’s incredibly violent and about a 5 year old (or so, I don’t recall perfectly). Also a lot of it takes place in zero gravity.
“Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy!”
Will they go to Ludicrous Speed?
He’s getting on up in years; so it’s difficult to look glamourous and twenty-one now. Besides, he doesn’t have to care what he looks like; but I hope he’s ditched the earring anyway.
The book starts with Ender being around 5 and ends with him being 14 or so, so there is some difficulty there, particularly since Ender is a genius and approaches adult-level maturity as a child. It would have been easier as an animated movie.
It is violent in places, with Ender (at around 8) beating to death an older bully. Actually, he does it twice, with the first time being in kindergarten.
The short story is better (imho)—more to the point. The book felt like a short-story that was filled out to make a book.
I believe the author has made the short story available for free on his web site.
The Wiki page on the book backs you up on this - and if I remember correctly, writing the book form in 1985 allowed Card to add in the whole videogame angle. And then he updated it again in 1991, to reflect political facts (according to the Wiki - I'm willing to guess he wanted to erase references to the Soviet Union).
"Ender's Game" isn't the only Sci-Fi novel that grew out of the magazine space Off the top of my head, "A Canticle for Liebowitz" also did that.
He's playing a stressed-out military commander, who in the book also wasn't in good shape.
He’s two years older than me and he looks a helluva lot better than I do. :)
Harrison Ford was great as Han Solo. Sure, his dialogue was a little corny, but that wasn’t his fault. And he was great as Indiana Jones, at least in the first three movies. It’s been downhill ever since; now his idea of portraying a “tough guy” consists of growling and looking like he’s constipated.
I skipped over the parts about the brother and sister influencing world evvents by blogging, or whatever it was. I can see the earlier version being better.
One of the main themes of the story is Ender’s isolation.
Has a release date been announced?
You are right there.
The guts of it are the best. The remainder is, well, pretty lame really.
Plenty of classic SF did
The sequels to Dune - Children of Dune was serialized on Analog too IIRC.
Also Haldemans “Forever War” was a long story in Analog.
Very excited for the movie.I’ve read the book twice. Then I asked for the audio book a few years ago so I can sit and listen to it. So great.
I just saw “The Fugitive” again this weekend. Good movie. I also liked him in “Air Force One”.
I just wish he was not a stinking damned liberal.
One of the best books ever written.
Agreed. It’s also on the Marine Corps Commandant’s reading list.
The sequels and spinoffs, not so much.
Can't wait for the movie.
He spoke of more than a few opportunities to take Ender's Game to the movies but he would not compromise the story; hopefully the movie follows the story.
This would have been a perfect vehicle for an anime series.
Ender’s killing of the bully is horrifying, because it’s so cold blooded. Merely a weighing of options, benefits, and outcomes. No thought about the moral implications.
A theme, btw, that runs throughout the entire book.
November 1, 2013, originally March 2013
But it’s pretty amazing he came up with idea of blogging when he did.
He is, but he's not in-your-face about it. He keeps his politics to himself and that's fine by me.
What I know of HF, I like.
Like many other Hollywood types, HF owns a nice place near Jackson Hole WY. He found out that a developer wanted to put up condos down the hill from his place, which would have ruined the gorgeous view. So, instead of being a "don't-you-know-who-I-am!?" type, he simply bought the land himself so he could keep it beautiful. An excellent, and I believe conservative, solution.
Second, a friend who has two daughters once took them to the Jackson Hole airport for an annual Free Airplane Ride for Kids sort of event. Private pilots stood by their planes and the organizers assigned kids to particular planes and pilots. My friend's kids walked to their assigned plane, and the pilot smiled and shook their hands, saying, "Hi! My name is Harrison Ford. I'll be your pilot today."
Democrat or not, he strikes me as a really decent and humble person.
He didn't intend to kill the kid. He wanted to send a message that he wasn't to be messed with by bullies. I actually was pretty impressed by that scene.
Not so much when it’s wildly off base. The Internet turned out yo be pretty much exactly the opposite. Plus, by 85 I should think people were already talking to eachother on the earlier versions of the web. Now that I think about it maybe it was more like a chatroom than a blog.
I’m more impressed with the kaptops as learning tools and kids’ continuing obsession with video games.
Not so much when it’s wildly off base. The Internet turned out to be pretty much exactly the opposite. Plus, by 85 I should think people were already talking to eachother on the earlier versions of the web. Now that I think about it maybe it was more like a chatroom than a blog.
I’m more impressed with the laptops as learning tools and kids’ continuing obsession with video games.
Well he is 70.
Wow! I remember reading that story when it first came out! I hadn’t remembered the name of it, but I certainly remembered the story!
Thanks for the link, it brought back memories of sitting in the school library for hours on end reading Analog, Astounding, and Galaxy!
Terminate the colonel’s command.
He also didn’t even know he’d killed the kid. He only found that out much later. I’m going to have to go back and re-read it now. It’s right up there with Dune for me, I’ve read both numerous times.
Why destroy the story with a “love interest”?
I see they are in PJ’s instead of sleeping nude?
I also notice 2 or 3 girls in that pic... I think there might have been 2 in the whole school in the book
please tell me the little black kid isn’t Bean?
My cousin (lives in Jackson Hole) knows him a little. He used to come into the restaurant where she worked, quite often. Said that you'd never know he was there, unless you waited on him.
She also said that he does a lot of volunteer flying - fire patrols, searching for lost hunters / hikers, and so on. Stuff that you never read about in Entertainment Weekly.
As far as politics is concerned, my opinion is that reasonable men can...and should....disagree. Just because I don't like the way a man votes, doesn't make him a S.O.B.
He always looked constipated and stoned,mumbling and sneering. Looking like that at 72 isn`t intimidating it`s crotchety and sad. There are no action hero grandpas...time for geezer roles.
I can’t remember if it is in the short-story or the book, but there is a scene where Ender has to talk to another cadet—a female—and she is naked. His response is sort of a numb, so-what? The idea that they might have some type of relationship doesn’t seem to be a possibility in his mind.
He was like 8, she wasn’t much older. Not exactly a lot of hormones or development there.
One movie very underrated is Extraordinary Measures. It is a 2010 medical drama film starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, and Keri Russell. It is distributed by CBS Films and was released on January 22, 2010. It is about parents who form a biotechnology company to develop a drug to save the lives of their children, who have a life-threatening disease. The film is based on the true story of John and Aileen Crowley, whose children have Pompe’s disease. The film was shot in St. Paul, Oregon, Portland.
Worth RENTING as a family movie!