Asa Butterfield, the star of the movie Hugo, has been offered the starring role in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s sci-fi novel.  Butterfield will play the character of Ender in Ender’s Game.  

… I’m a little distracted by the fact that this kid’s name reminds me of a particular porn star. But then I feel like a total fuckin’ creep because he’s only 14. (But Asa Akira is still fuckin’ hot.)

Anyway.  Back to the topic at hand.  Ender’s Game will be directed by Gavin Hood (of Wolverine).  Summit Entertainment has set the release date for March 15, 2013.

What do you guys think about this casting choice?

The fact that this book will finally be adapted into a movie is pretty exciting, and Orson Scott Card has assuaged some of his fans’ fears of the typical Hollywood butcherfest in his letter to Geek Tyrant.

From Orson Scott Card, himself, to Geek Tyrant:

The problem with the book, as a movie, is that all the important information about ender’s motives comes from internal monologue – his thoughts.  Since voiceovers are loathsome, Ender’s actions would remain unexplained, and he would appear to be little more than a violent kid.

Also, the book would make a movie that was at least four hours long.  Much has to be cut – including all of Peter’s and Valentine’s online exploits, the mind game, and much of the incidental material before Ender gets into Bonzo’s army.

In short, much will be omitted.  But I remain confident that as long as the character of Ender himself, with his relationships with other kids, is in the movie, it will still be Ender’s Game to my own satisfaction and the satisfaction of the fans.

…Whoever plays Ender will almost certainly be an actor you haven’t seen before, and with any luck, a child who has not gone through the soul-numbing process of being cute on camera.  In other words, I hope it is a child who never had an agent, but who is very, very intelligent and therefore can take direction.

Here is my own source of greatest confidence:  The movie will not erase a single word of the book!  That’s how I endure knowing that Peter Jackson committed the repulsive crime of removing the Scouring of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings movie, which is akin to removing the last chapter from EG.  THAT, at least, I know will not happen in the EG movie – all the producers understand that the point of the story is finding out that the very thing that allowed Ender to defeat the formics (loving his enemy in order to defeat them) makes his discovery all the more galling to him.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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