The Closest We’ve Been To An ‘Ender’s Game’ Movie
Published by Seth Quillen in: Film -- Date: 7 May 2011 Comments: 2 so far
According to Deadline, Summit Entertainment is acquiring the U.S. rights to a live-action adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel, Ender’s Game. 24 Frames reported back in September, that Hood has done a rewrite of Card’s most recent script and is developing the project as the director.
Hood is the South African filmmaker whose 2005 film Tsotsi won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Hood most recently helmed X-Men Origins: Wolverine (not a big selling point for me). So he has some special effects experience in his back pocket, but Ender’s Game will require him to take his story telling abilities to an all new level. The book follows a young boy named Ender Wiggin who is training to take defend Earth against a second alien attack.
Summit has a little experience in satisfying a rabid fanbase with The Twilight Saga. And while I thought the Twilight films were quite bad, fans of the book series seemed to be please with the end product. Their Twilight franchise has already brought in more than $1.8 billion worldwide with the first three installments and they got two more on the way with the split up Breaking Dawn films. So lets hope Summit can pull off another miracle with the beloved Ender’s Game series.
Ender’s Game would force Summit to pony up a much bigger budget for the sci-fi epic. The Twilight movies were made on a relatively small budget and that just wont fly for die hard fan of the Ender series. And with all that Twilight money laying the budget shouldn’t be a problem.
Deadline also reports that, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing through their K/O Paper Products banner, along with Odd Lot’s Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough, the author and Lynn Hendee. Digital Domain is also an equity partner. The film will be shopped at the upcoming 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity brokering offshore deals. The plan is to put the film into production by early next year.
Ender’s Game is in my top five favorite books of all time, so I’m asking, please make this movie happen and please make this movie good? That’s all I’m asking.