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First Footage From Ender’s Game Revealed

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Summit Entertainment has officially the teaser for next week’s Ender’s Game trailer featuring an intro by Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford. The world premiere of the first teaser trailer for Ender’s Game will debut during a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET. The event will also feature a live conversation with director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), producer Bob Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and star Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Continue reading

New Production Photo Revealed From Ender’s Game

Courtesy of the Ender’s Game Production Blog, we have another picture from the set of the highly anticipated film adaptation. The new photo shows Ender Wiggin, played by Asa Butterfield, and the monitor in the back of his neck. You can see the new teaser image above.

Roberto Orci, the producer who runs the Tumblr blog said this along with the picture:

Though Ender’s world is one worth saving, it sometimes comes with a price. The novel was amazingly prescient about a great many things: remote controlled drone wars, the internet, the influence of blogging, hand held computing tablets like the I-Pad, and of course, electronic surveillance implants. Implanted tracking and monitoring chips are no longer a science fiction concept. They exist now. And one day, they may be as advanced as the monitor implanted into Ender, which allows Colonel Graff to “see through his eyes” and know: HE’S THE ONE.”

The project is currently filming, and is scheduled to be released November 1, 2013. It is being directed by Gavin Hood with an all star cast.

Written by Orson Scott Card, the story is set in a future utopian version of Earth. It follows a young boy who is a strategist of the genius level who becomes drafted by the International Fleet to battle and destroy to Formics. Formics are a dangerous alien race that threaten mankind. And if Ender fails, then Earth will be gone forever.

The cast, which includes several award winners, is as follows:

  • Asa Butterfield – Ender Wiggin
  • Harrison Ford – Colonel Hyrum Graff
  • Abigail Breslin – Valentine Wiggin
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Petra
  • Aramis Knight – Bean
  • Moises Arias – Bonzo
  • Jimmy Pinchak – Peter Wiggin
  • Suraj Parthasarathy – Alai
  • Conor Carroll – Bernard
  • Khylin Rhambo – Dink
  • Brandon Soo Hoo – Fly Molo
  • Ben Kingsley – Mazer Rackham
  • Viola Davis – Major Anderson
  • Caleb J. Thaggard – Stilson
  • Stevie Ray Dallimore – John Wiggin
  • Andrea Powell – Theresa Wiggin
  • Nonso Anozie – Sergeant Dap

New Production Photo Shows Asa Butterfield and Co-stars in Training

 

After years of development, now that the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is underway, it seems we are getting new photos everyday. Thanks to the new official production blog, we are getting new looks at the film everyday.

While the photo released today is just of the actors training for their roles, it is nice to see that things are moving forward and they are taking the production seriously. 

The photo was posted on the blog with the explanation below:

Houston, we have a problem. We don’t know how to land the Shuttle. Good thing it’s just a simulator safely on the ground at SPACE CAMP in Huntsville, Alabama. Aramis, Moises, Asa & Suraj (pictured above from a monitor in the MISSION CONTROL ROOM ) and the rest of our cast agreed that to do Ender’s Game right, they had to train as though they were really headed into ZERO G. And this wasn’t just an afternoon spent taking a vanity tour. From the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), which simulates extra-vehicular shuttle missions in Earth’s orbit, to the microgravity training chair that prepared astronauts for moonwalks during the Apollo program, the week at Space Camp was genuine prep for the feeling of reality that this movie deserves. And after all, the army that trains together stays together.”

The kids named in the commentary are Aramis Knight, who plays Bean; Moises Arias, who plays Bonzo; Butterfield, who of course plays Ender; and Suraj Partha, who plays Alai.

Ender’s Game is set hit theaters on March 15th, 2013.

The cast, which includes several award winners, is as follows:

  • Asa Butterfield – Ender Wiggin
  • Harrison Ford – Colonel Hyrum Graff
  • Abigail Breslin – Valentine Wiggin
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Petra
  • Aramis Knight – Bean
  • Moises Arias – Bonzo
  • Jimmy Pinchak – Peter Wiggin
  • Suraj Parthasarathy – Alai
  • Conor Carroll – Bernard
  • Khylin Rhambo – Dink
  • Brandon Soo Hoo – Fly Molo
  • Ben Kingsley – Mazer Rackham
  • Viola Davis – Major Anderson
  • Caleb J. Thaggard – Stilson
  • Stevie Ray Dallimore – John Wiggin
  • Andrea Powell – Theresa Wiggin
  • Nonso Anozie – Sergeant Dap

Official Production Blog For Ender’s Game Begins

Production and filming has begun on the adaptation of Ender’s Game written by Orson Scott Card and with the production beginning, the production blog has also begun.

It seems after years of rumors, and hopeful fans, the science-fiction cornerstone novel is finally making it to the big screen. 

Even though production has begun, we do have to wait a while till se see any trailers or official images. However, the film’s producer Roberto Orci has at least given us a new production blog that fans of the novel and adaptation can follow in the meantime.

At the Tumblr Ender’s Game blog you’ll be able to follow updates from the set, from both Orci and guest bloggers, and presumably photos too. Right now there’s just one image up, and while it’s not especially thrilling, it’s worth sharing anyway.

Right now, the blog hasn’t revealed anything incredibly tantilizing but be sure to keep an eye on the blog to see everything they release over the course of the production.

Ender’s Game is set hit theaters on March 15th, 2013.

The cast that include several award winners is as follows:

  • Asa Butterfield – Ender Wiggin
  • Harrison Ford – Colonel Hyrum Graff
  • Abigail Breslin – Valentine Wiggin
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Petra
  • Aramis Knight – Bean
  • Moises Arias – Bonzo
  • Jimmy Pinchak – Peter Wiggin
  • Suraj Parthasarathy – Alai
  • Conor Carroll – Bernard
  • Khylin Rhambo – Dink
  • Brandon Soo Hoo – Fly Molo
  • Ben Kingsley – Mazer Rackham
  • Viola Davis – Major Anderson
  • Caleb J. Thaggard – Stilson
  • Stevie Ray Dallimore – John Wiggin
  • Andrea Powell – Theresa Wiggin
  • Nonso Anozie – Sergeant Dap

Ender’s Game Finally Begins Production

It’s true, Ender’s Game has finally begun production with the start of principal photography. Considering this film has been attempted to be made into a film several times, it is great news to hear that it has finally made a step forward under the direction of director Gavin Hood.

According to the official press release, the production has began in New Orleans, Lousiana.

Ender’s Game is the big screen adaptation of the novel that was released in 1985 and is written by Orson Scott Card.

The press release also included an official description of the film thus far:

“In the near future, a hostile alien race (Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Fleet (IF) Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Ender easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers at Battle School. Ordained by Graff as the IF’s next great hope, Ender is promoted to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and humankind.”

The visual effects which are being overseen by co-producer Digital Domain, began filming on Monday at the Big Easy Studios in New Orleans and is scheduled to continue through June 8th.

Director, Hood, is working on the film from his own screenplay although writing duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orciare are producing as well even though they didn’t help with the script.

The press released some of the behind the scenes names involved in production which includes:

Costume designer Christine Bieselin Clark, who co-designed the outfits in TRON: Legacy and worked with Gavin Hood previously on X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Sean Haworth and Ben Procter, of The Thing and Transformers: Dark of Moon are on board as production designers. Also cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and Oscar nominee whose credits include Moulin Rouge!, Peter Pan, Predator, Romeo + Juliet, The Edge, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is working on the project.

Casting for the project is as follows:

  • Asa Butterfield – Ender Wiggin
  • Brendan Meyer – Stilson
  • Harrison Ford – Colonel Hyrum Graff
  • Abigail Breslin – Valentine Wiggin
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Petra
  • Aramis Knight – Bean
  • Moises Arias – Bonzo
  • Jimmy Pinchak – Peter Wiggin
  • Suraj Parthasarathy – Alai
  • Conor Carroll – Bernard
  • Khylin Rhambo – Dink
  • Brandon Soo Hoo – Fly Molo
  • Ben Kingsley – Mazer Rackham
  • Viola Davis – Major Anderson

Ender’s Game is set to hit theaters on March 25, 2013.

More Actors Come to Play in Ender’s Game

The film which may already be in production, continues to grow in numbers as they add another familiar actor to the ranks. Nonso Anozie joins the jeesh, playing the part of Sergeant Dap in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game, Deadline reports.

One of the best novels of its’ time, it is a science-fiction masterpiece in which children are pitted against one another to save the human race from extinction. The cast for Gavin Hood’s adaptation of this book has been coming together quickly and the movie has built a lot of momentum; if not close fanatic attention.

Anozie was last seen in Joe Carnahan’s survival thriller The Grey, but the British actor could be seen everywhere from Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla to Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky to last year’s Conan the Barbarian. Anozie will also show up in the second season of “Game of Thrones”, where he plays Xaro Xhoan Daxos.

In addition, Anonzie will also be joined by Stevie Ray Dallimore; Joyful Noise; and Andrea Powell; “One Tree Hil”l; as the parents of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, John and Theresa Wiggin. The original story of Ender’s Game doesn’t flat out say this, but because the three Wiggin children are extraordinarily gifted it’s assumed that the parents of the children are just as intelligent. It’s later addressed in a prequel short stories by Orson Scott Card titled “The Polish Boy” and “Teacher’s Pest.” Ender who is going to be played by Hugo star Asa Butterfield, is the greater sum of his parents constituent parts, excelling in intelligence, leadership and empathy.

An excerpt from my previous article, Viola Davis Joins the Jeesh in Ender’s Game:

“Andrew Wiggin is the third child of a family in a world that only allows two per household. Specially licensed to exist, Ender; a nickname which he has grown to think of himself as; is sent to Battle School.”

“This school is for the brightest geniuses on Earth who have the character traits to lead and to win. ”

I think Lionsgate caught on to a formula that works. They bought Summit Entertainment which is producing this film. Combined they have produced movies such as the Twilight Saga films and the upcoming film The Hunger Games. Could it be that Lionsgate is focusing on optioning titles that already have a large following? Well I hope they’re prepared for backlash if the movie adaptation remains true to the novel and shows Ender killing other children. We’re not even talking teenagers here. For decency, I’m sure they won’t be that stupid. However I hope they shoot a scene of Ender giving a Stilson the bully a good thrashing. Just so I can hear him say to the bully’s remaining friends:

“You might be having some idea of ganging up on me. You could probably beat me up pretty bad. But just remember what I do to people who try to hurt me. From then on you’d be wondering when I’d get you, and how bad it would be.” – Excerpt from Ender’s Game

The large ensemble cast for the Summit Entertainment production, currently includes Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. The film is expected to be released March 15, 2013. Filming begins in New Orleans this month.

Viola Davis Joins the ‘Jeesh’ in Ender’s Game

It’s pronounced jay-eesh and it means army, allies and friends. If you don’t have one, then you won’t be surviving battle school. Welcome to Ender’s Game. Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a science-fiction masterpiece where children are pitted against one another to save the human race from extinction.

Viola Davis, an Oscar nominee for her role in The Help; A movie that’s already won three Screen Actor Guild Awards; has signed up for two movies, both which are novel-to-screen adaptations. Davis will be playing the lead in the supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures and a supporting role in Ender’s Game reports Variety.

In Ender’s Game, the role Davis will be playing is that of a military psychologist, probably one of the many to monitor the mental stability of each student at the battle school; notice I said stability, not health or well being. The children of this story are continuously pitted against one another in mock battles that take place in their orbiting space station, all in preparations for an alien invasion that may wipe out all of humanity.

Davis will be joining a growing a cast of stars including Harrision Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and many more. The movie; which would do well to draw from the Marvel comic book adaptation due to length; is to be directed by Gavin Hood; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; and is set in Earth’s future, telling a story of a young boy Andrew “Ender” Wiggin that will be played by Asa Butterfield. Production is gearing up now in New Orleans, aiming for a March 15, 2013 release.

Andrew Wiggin is the third child of a family in a world that only allows two per household. Specially licensed to exist, Ender; a nickname which he has grown to think of himself as; is sent to Battle School. This isn’t some school for the magically gifted, those with mutant genes or other special powers. This school isn’t for just the smart either, nerds who spend their time with their heads buried in books, studying furiously. This school is for the brightest geniuses on Earth who have the character traits to lead and to win.

In the book series of Ender’s Game, after the main plot is satisfied, Ender and his Army is divided and sent their separate ways. As they have saved humanity and hold an undefeated battle record; longest run ever in the history of the school; each member of Ender’s army is sought after by each sovereign nation of Earth to lead their armies; or assassinated by the competition. Even if they were just supporting members of the army, they were heralded as saviors.

This is how well I think the cast members of The Help are doing right now. The popularity in the media is so high that each movie in pre-production is trying to get their piece of a winning army.

Orsen Well Card really was a prophet, envisioning such a dystopian future. “Human beings are free except when humanity needs them.”

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New Clip from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Reveals Uncle Georges and Cool Drawings

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Hugo arrives on the big screen on November 23rd, but we have a new peek for those who don’t want to wait that long to find out more about the movie that tells the tale of a orphaned boy, an adventurous girl, and a mechanical man that might possibly unlock a secret or two.

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