Ender’s Game – coming soon?
It’s been years (if not decades) that fans of Orson Scott Card‘s book have been waiting for technology and the right team to bring up an adaptation.
Warner Bros, who had the right from 2002 to 2008 couldn’t make it happen, despite several false starts. Surprinsingly, it seems that Odd Lot Entertainment, a production company known for her middle to small budget [recently Rabbit Hole and From Prada to Nada] has not only managed to pick up the rights after Warner Bros but is on its way for a 2014 release!
Here are the last updates:
Rewrite (on Orson Scott Card first draft) and direct : Gavin Hood [X-men: Origins, Totsi]
For those who are not familiar with the book, writen in 1985, it depicts the story of Ender, a 6 years-old boy selected with others to be trained as soldiers to fight and save Earth against alien attack. (yes it’s very very reductive, but at the same time, I don’t really know how someone could have missed a classic.)
It will be interesting to see how they handle a storyline that not only implies challenging scenes [zero gravity training room] but most importantly 6 years-old kids training with the idea to kill (although the killing is between spaceships, there’s no on the ground fights, which is something). I bet the whole team will look closely at how Color Force deals with Hunger Games and how the public reacts at kids fighting for their lives…and dying.
My 1 cent advise: don’t try to make it PG-13. As a wise-friend of mine said, kids won’t be 13 forever, they’ll grow up and will be able to watch it soon enough. Nothing worse than seeing directors ready to smash great content to make few more bucks. (see where I’m going here, Gary Ross?)