Director Gavin Hood as definitely taken on a challenge when he agreed to adapt Orson Scott Cards classic sic-fi novel, Ender’s Game. The book was published back in 1985, and since then has had a handful of people attempt to make it into a film. However, Hood is the first to make it happen.
The book and film follows young child, Ender Wiggin as he is taken to Battle School to train to become a military leader in the fight against an alien threat known as buggers.
What makes this story hard to adapt is it setting. Most of the book takes place in space agasint the backdrop of war. Between the anti-gravity battle room, and the interstellar travels and incredibly technology, creating the world has proved tricky.
During a recent Q&A with fans, producer Roberto Orci revealed a bit about the upcoming adaptation.
The very few photos from the set that have been released haven’t showed much of anything yet. Regarding the visual effects we haven’t seen yet, Orci said,
One thing I can tell you is that Gavin Hood is a gigantic Stanley Kubrick fan, and it shows. And yet, in some of the Zero G battles, things are going on that Kubrick never had a chance to tackle. The technology and advancements in film making available to us allowed us to realize a vision that is totally unique and modern while also being, as Harrison Ford calls it, one of the most emotional science fiction movies he has ever seen.”
Orci also went on to describe the importance of the relationship between Ender and Colonel Graff.
The relationship between Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and Ender (Asa Butterfield) is key to the movie’s success. Graff would love nothing more than to be Ender’s friend, yet Graff can’t always show it because he has to make it clear to Ender that in the event of another alien invasion, there will be no one available to help him. Their relationship is simultaneously heartbreaking and fun.”
He also answered questions regarding the general tone of the film which feats children going to war.
Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR. We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age.
The project is currently filming, and is scheduled to be released November 1, 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