'Ender's Game' eyes 2013 release date

Summit Entertainment has slated the big-screen adaptation of sci-fi classic Ender’s Game for release on March 15, 2013. Based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel about a futuristic earth whose government recruits children to fight aliens, the film follows youngster Ender Wiggin, whose strategy skills make him humanity’s last hope. Director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Tsotsi) will helm the project for producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Proposal). Check out the cast of Ender’s Game HERE.

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  • Solamente Dave

    I’ll say it now: This. Will. Not. Happen.

    The director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine? That’s a train wreck right there. But, even if Spielberg were to take the helm, Ender’s Game is essentially unfilmable.

    It’s a great story and I’d love to see a great movie made out of it, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen with this director.

    • joe


    • myprettypony

      Spielberg couldn’t do this. He’d butcher it. He can’t make a movie with kids without them being overly cute imo.

      • Comicbooks

        I have comicbooks for brain… I feel sick.

    • K

      Orson Scott Card basically said that it would get done. The problem had always been the age (too young for a love interest) and the amount of internal thought (which gets really boring if you just see a kid walking around with a voice over the whole time saying what he’s thinking). However I just listened to Ender’s Shadow and it sounds like they’re going to keep the age at 10 or younger so no love interest and make it a buddy movie with the dialog being between Ender and Bean. Card said that it would be about 50/50 taken from both Enders Game and Enders Shadow. Should be a good one.

    • Marvin

      Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read it no less than 15 times, and have read the other 3 books in the seires at least 5 times each. Speaker for the Dead is my favorite, followed by The Children of the Mind. I think the silly names for the aliens may have been completely purposeful as if Card is trying to show that humans still see themselves as superior to other sentient beings. Just a thought.

  • Kat

    I love Ender’s Game! One of my favorite books. I’m excited to see how this turns out.

  • Sarah El

    If this actually happens, I wonder just how much they’re going to age Ender up.

    • madhattter

      The book focuses on Ender age 6-7, then goes to Val and Peter, returning to Ender on his ninth birthday. They could switch actors there, having one play “young ender” and one play “older ender”. I may have the ages off slightly but the point is that there’s a place for them to put in an older actor, rather than having one person who is too old to play a six year old.

      • jackie

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  • Stacie

    Never read this one, but heard lots of love about it. Maybe an animated feature would be best.

  • Paul Krueger

    There is no need to age him, he can be older for the inevitable sequel..

    • Sam J

      The story does not allow for a sequal.

      • La

        Ender’s Shadow could be a sequel. It takes place in the same time period, but tells the story from the point of view of Bean.

      • yummycupcake

        Umm…Speaker for the Dead? Xenocide? Ender’s Shadow? Hello?

      • Comicbooks

        I don’t understand … what is this Sci-fi reading thing? There no pictures. Me scared.

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  • Rail

    I find it difficult to read or enjoy anything by Orson Scott Card anymore, after reading about what a hateful bigot he is. You’d think a person of his interests would be more progressive, but no…

    • Paula

      I know what you mean. I used to love him 20 years ago before the internet let me know more about him.

      • Kelly

        I like Card and I believe Hollywood needs more people like him. Liberals are ruining this world.

    • Railed

      It is a just a story. Politics has nothing to do with good story telling. Get a grip communist.

      • t3hdow

        …which would be valid, except that Orson Scott Card’s political beliefs seem to bleed into his works the longer he’s been writing. Essentially, it’s next to impossible to ignore Card’s views, since his political stance are affecting his fiction. So yes, Rail and Paula have a valid point.

        Ender’s Game is Card’s magnum opus, because he’s more concerned on writing a good story instead of tying his political agenda around it. Now, it’s the other way around.

      • KnightEnder

        I was a Forum Moderator and member of Card’s forum for 10 years and I can tell you he is a great writer and a horrible person. And his newer books unfortunately are filled with his lies and political agenda. Ender’s Game is one of the greatest SciFi books ever written, but I sincerely doubt they can do it justice. And I doubt it will get made. They’ve been trying to for years and years, every once in a while saying its release is imminent, but it never happens.

    • Sheep

      Whatever the liberals say – I do. Where is my feed bag for the day? I must censor my thoughts.. Be right back.

      • Farmer Brown

        Ah, there ya are Sheep. Sorry boy, but I’m craving lamb chops tonight. I hope ya understand

    • Logan

      I agree completely. I tossed all of Card’s books and won’t put another dime of my gay money in his pocket.

      • Not Afraid To Call It As It Is

        Keep your gay hands out of my pockets! Intolerance from gays is nothing less than hate-the-straights crimes. Your grandmother would be shocked at your perverse choice of sex partners.

    • Bob

      I read his stuff all the time, and I’ve never read a single hateful thing. You, on the other hand, called him names in the first sentence. Who is being hateful here? He disagrees with you politically – when did that become a “hate crime?”. By all means, only buy writers who quote your company line, that’s the way to broaden your mind.

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  • Winnie50

    I am loving this if they can actually do the book justice. I read this in 9th grade and just went back a couple years ago and read it again as well as the sequels. Even at 32 I still thought the book was great. Hope they don’t butcher all of my good memories with this movie.

  • Trevor

    Animation, animation, animation. You can’t get 5 year olds to do this type of acting, and you’d probably need at least 2 kids for each part because they age during the books. I’ll probably end up seeing it anyway, but I don’t think they’ll get a good reaction from fans if they try to do it live action

    • myprettypony

      Ender is 4 when the book starts from what I recall. I am pretty sure I heard OSC say that the kids will be older.

    • Dave

      Most Hollywood movies today are shot digitally, with many special effects being added on the spot. Animation? You can’t tell where the actor ends and the digital character begins (Avatar.)

  • Audrey

    My dream is for them to use adult actors and visual effects to make them look like children. I don’t know if it’s possible, but the way I always read the book, I imagine the children as small adults because they are so beyond childhood innocence.

    • herb

      That…would fall into one of the deepest and darkest parts of the uncanny valley.

      I’m not sure how to feel about it. On one hand, it’s done my Wolverine X Men dude which was horrible, on the other hand there are also Star Trek Reboot people, and that was pretty good…
      making it animated would be awesome though! (I would root for Japanese animation but;; )

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  • myprettypony

    OH MY GOD! I don’t know what I think about this. They are going to ruin it for sure. Ugh I wish OSC never sold the rights. What a way to ruin one of my favorite books

  • Liz

    Summit is looking for a new cash cow. Unfortunatly they are picking a good book to do it with. They are picking something with a some like premise to the hunger games which is a big rival to twilight

  • Meghan E.E.

    Ender’s Game is a book that is very difficult to turn into a movie that won’t suck. It represents the highest level of book-to-movie conversion challenge. Compounding the issue is that Orson Scott Card has been off the deep end for a long time, putting his energy towards hateful obsessions against gay rights, and spending a lot of his time in his essays segueing into his simpering disdain towards ‘hollywood culture’ and the very same industry he now expects to make his movie hopes a reality. He’s ultimately in charge of where this movie comes from and how it is developed, and that’s ultimately why you can’t really expect this movie to end up working, short of a miracle. That Gavin Hood has ended up the director of this latest effort is testament to that fact.

    Not that you should go see this movie if it gets made, anyway. If it actually doesn’t end up languishing in development hell, it will represent the work of someone who long ago forfeited being worth supporting. All while protesting that people shouldn’t construe his statements as hateful or bigoted, he has shown that he clearly wished for homosexual acts to remain illegal, for the explicit purpose, in his words, “to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.” He stated that if government dares allow gays to marry, that government is an enemy of marriage, and essentially called upon people to “answer the dictators” thusly: ” any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage …” He also said ” If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.”

    So yeah. If on the off chance this movie does not turn out to be mediocre and filled with cringe-inducing issues with child actors trying to be superintelligent antigrav platoon leaders and world-changing bloggers as directed by Hood, wait to rent it instead.

  • t3hdow

    I was more excited when the projected movie release was back in 2002-2003; back when Haley Joel Osment was slated to be Ender. That would’ve been PERFECT, but alas, he’s too old now to play the role.

    With Summit behind the production, I’m ambivalent with how it might turn out, given how they handled Twilight. Whoever said this should be done with animation is absolutely right. This story’s very tough to do justice with live action, but animation sounds more at home.

  • JoeUFO

    No movie is ever as good as the book…but I am packing my tent now to camp out for tickets!!! I loved that book and read many others by Card.

  • Jerry

    How much do wanna bet they leave out the scene where Ender kills his bully with repeated kicks to the nads, no matter how absolutely vital it is to the character and the story?

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