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Yaron Zilberman adapting Orson Scott Card short story 'Unaccompanied Sonata'


Yaron Zilberman, who marked his feature directorial debut with 2012’s A Late Quartet, is taking on literary hot-shot Orson Scott Card. Zilberman will write and direct a feature based on Card’s sci-fi short story Unaccompanied SonataEW has confirmed. The film will be called Sonata.

The property has been optioned by Nick Wechsler, Chockstone Pictures’ Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, and Opening Night Productions. Tamar Sela will serve as executive producer with Roger Schwartz as co-producer.

The short story, which was originally published in 1979 in Omni magazine, tells the story of a child brought up to be a musical prodigy. He is raised by servants in a cabin with the intention of keeping him away from the outside world, completely oblivious to other music. His music, then, would be completely his own, uninfluenced by others. He eventually discovers Bach, and when a “watcher” finds out, he is barred from making music forever.

The Schwartzes and Wechsler most recently made The Counselor, while Card’s Ender’s Game was his last work to hit theaters.

'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card talks backlash: 'I've had no criticism. I've had savage...personal attacks' -- VIDEO


How does Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card respond to the criticism he’s received over his stance on same-sex marriage — namely, his overt, vehement opposition to it?

Simple: He doesn’t think he’s been fairly criticized in the first place.

“I’ve had no criticism. I’ve had savage, lying, deceptive personal attacks, but no actual criticism, because they’ve never addressed any of my actual ideas,” Card told Salt Lake City’s Deseret News on Sunday. “Character assassination seems to be the only political method that is in use today, and I don’t play that game, and you can’t defend against it,” he continued. “All you can do is try to offer ideas, and for those who want to listen to ideas, great. For those who simply want to punish you for not falling in line with their dogmas, there’s really not much you can do about it.”

'Ender's Game' premiere: 'I am distressed by Orson's position on gay marriage' says Gavin Hood


When Hollywood sinks millions into the effort to adapt a beloved YA novel, the author is typically elevated to red-carpet celebrity, as big a star as the actors bringing his or her characters to life. But at Monday night’s Ender’s Game premiere at Los Angeles’ TCL Chinese Theatre, Orson Scott Card was nowhere near a microphone or tape recorder.

Card’s anti gay-marriage views have hampered Lionsgate’s ambitious sci-fi production since at least one gay and lesbian organization threatened to boycott the film over the summer. Though the movie, about a young military prodigy (Asa Butterfield) who’s groomed by a gruff commander (Harrison Ford) to destroy an alien race, doesn’t reference Card’s controversial views, Lionsgate has been troubled by what the author’s baggage might cost them at the box-office when the film opens in theaters on Friday. The studio put out a statement in July that distanced the film’s message with Card’s personal views, and director Gavin Hood sat for a long interview with the gay and lesbian publication The Advocate to reassure those who were contemplating a boycott.

On Monday night’s red-carpet, Hood and the film’s producers fielded questions again — perhaps for the last time before the paying public delivers its verdict with its wallets. “The book is a fantastic book full of wonderful themes like compassion and tolerance and I am distressed by Orson’s position on gay marriage,” Hood said. READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game': Lionsgate responds to Orson Scott Card controversy, will host LGBT benefit premiere

Lionsgate has released a statement addressing the controversy surrounding Ender’s Game, the studio’s upcoming film adaptation of the popular 1984 sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, whose stance against gay marriage (and subsequent statement to EW declaring the issue “moot”) has caused boycott threats and riled up the Internet. Lionsgate says it does “not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card” and pledges to “host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game” that will support the LGBT community:

'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card responds to critics: The gay marriage issue is 'moot' -- EXCLUSIVE

Responding to reports of a nascent boycott against the upcoming movie version of his beloved 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game because of his stated opposition to same-sex marriage, author Orson Scott Card has released a statement exclusively to EW. He declares the gay-marriage issue “moot” due to last month’s Supreme Court rulings. He also makes a plea for gay-marriage supporters to “show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.” His full statement is below.

Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.

With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot.  The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.

Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.

Orson Scott Card

The best-selling author has come under fire in some quarters for his stance on same-sex marriage. In 2009, he joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex unions. That year, he also wrote a piece in Mormon Times that railed against “dictator-judges” and argued, “Married people attempting to raise children with the hope that they, in turn, will be reproductively successful, have every reason to oppose the normalization of homosexual unions.”

Those views have prompted a backlash. In March, artist Christopher Sprouse backed out of plans to work on a Card-penned Adventures of Superman comic book for DC Comics. More recently, a small online group called Geeks OUT announced plans to boycott Summit’s upcoming $110 million Ender’s Game movie because of Card’s anti-gay-marriage views. “Hopefully, it will send a message that people who are actively vocal against the LGBT community don’t really have a place within the greater geek culture,” says Geeks OUT board member Patrick Yacco.

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