The box office reaction to Ender’s Game has been good, but not great. It’s made $32.5 million in its first five days at the North American box office, and had taken in another $9 million overseas, and while that maybe be good enough for it to recoup costs, it’s not exactly the kind of big money to build a franchise on. And that’s why the studio that produced it, Lionsgate, is looking to continue the saga, just on TV screens. (more…)
And by that, I mean happy.
With Ender’s Game, writer/Director Gavid Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) delivers a strong and pleasing — yet occasionally dull and dispassionate — sci-fi epic, proving that Orson Scott Card’s allegedly unfilmable literary classic just needed the right guiding hand. Yes, the right guiding hand previously guided Wolverine into a ditch, deal with it. (more…)
More than a few people are planning a boycott of the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s novel Ender’s Game. Card has become infamous over the years for his homophobic beliefs and connections to anti-gay hate groups, and many sci-fi fans do not wish to support the work of an author with such extreme and negative beliefs.
Well, I have good news for such individuals: Card won’t be getting his hands on dollar one of the Ender’s Game film profits. (more…)
There’s just over a month to go until director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game hits the big screen on November 1st and the marketing should be picking up steam in the next couple of weeks. This first television spot focuses more on an overview of the film rather than any particular part or character.
Director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game has released a new trailer onto the Internet, it’s got plenty of Harrison Ford as Col Hyrum Graff, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackman, and of course some Asa Butterfield as Ender. This time around the trailer focuses on the overall plot of the movie with some fantastic new looks at the space ships and battle effects we’re going to see.
So far what I’ve seen looks great, and I’m planning on seeing this in the theater that opening weekend. Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Ender’s Game hits theater screens on November 1st.
I think you have to feel sorry for anyone who has to go to Comic Con and front for Ender’s Game this weekend. The can of worms that the author of the original book Orson Scott Card following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act is still fresh, and naturally, the cast of the upcoming movie has asked to answer for Card’s comments on the subject.
The scene was the press room at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday afternoon, and the player was acting legend Harrison Ford. Now, Ford can be somewhat prickly, but when asked about Card’s comments, and whether or not the author’s opinions influenced his decision to be a part of the film, he was very eloquent.
After deadpanning, “Is that question for me? That’s great,” he continued, “I think none of Mr. Card’s concerns regarding the issue of gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film. He has written something that I think is of value to us all [in] considering our moral responsibilities. I think his views outside of those that we deal with in this film are not an issue for me to deal with, so I have really no opinion on that issue. And I am aware of his statements admitting that the question of gay marriage is a battle that he lost, and he admits that he lost it.”
After a pause, Ford added, “I think we all know that we’ve all won, that humanity has won. And I think that’s the end of the story.”
When asked about the more specific themes of the book, Ford assured fans that when they see the movie they’ll recognize that the deeper moral lessons of the novel have been kept intact.
“This movie I think is very prescient, and I think the novel was very prescient, in recognizing something that we now have as a reality in our lives, which is the ability to wage war at a distance — and to do the business of war somewhat emotionally disconnected from it,” he explained. “So the morality of that military commander, and the military command structure — the morality of a society which raises a military and wages war — are the moral concerns of this film. They are something we are wrestling with daily in our lives.The issue of having interplanetary warfare is a science fiction aspect of it, but what gives it such emotional tone and reality is that these are the concerns of our everyday lives.”
There’s been a lot of talk about protests by LGBT groups concerning the film, and while I don’t think Ford doused that fire entirely, I think he spoke well and reminded everyone that Ender’s Game has nothing to due with gay marriage or civil rights, and deals with a whole other bailiwick and that perhaps we should keep Card’s comments, both inside and outside the particular text, as separate issues.
Ender’s Game opens November 1st. We’ll have more from Comic Con as it develops.
[Editor’s Note: Along with our coverage of The Ender’s Game Experience, Kristal Bailey attended the Ender’s Game press conference and learned a few interesting tid bits about the upcoming Lionsgate film. How she kept it cool while breathing the same air as Han Solo, I’ll never know.]
With all the controversy around Orson Scott Card, it’s hard to remember that Ender’s Game actually has nothing to do with the gay marriage debate. It’s not a plot point or thematic message within the film at all. The film follows young soldiers as they train for an interplanetary war under the tutelage of Harrison Ford‘s military commander.
In advance of their panel at San Diego Comic Con, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Roberto Orci, Gavin Hood, and Harrison Ford sat down to chat with journalists. Here are the five most interesting things I learned from their press conference.
1. Han Solo and Graff are nothing alike.
Graff is a complex character who’s charged with the awesome responsibility of recruiting and training the young soldiers. He faces a lot of the moral issues involved in using young people for warfare, which are integral to the character’s personality and his story. Ender doesn’t face these moral issues until the end of the film really, so it all falls on Graff’s soldiers. The book deals with a lot of complex issues of social responsibility and the moral issues that one faces when one is part of a military establishment. Harrison Ford was, “just delighted to be involved in a film of such high ambition and talented people. Graff is a more complex character than Han Solo, [but] that doesn’t mean I regret Han Solo.”
2. They tried to use practical effects whenever possible.
Gavin Hood said, “you think of these movies as big CG events, but they’re really not. Whenever we could, we built sets that felt as real as possible. It really helps the actors feel like they’re in a real environment. The set directors did a great job in creating these spaces. In the Comic Con Fan Experience, you can see the detail even on the bunk beds and helmets – we had to pay attention to even how would they reflect light because you have to capture and work with that light in the camera.”
3. Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi and Ender’s Game aren’t all that different.
Gavin made Tsotsi, a $3 million movie, and now Ender’s Game. Deep down in both stories you have troubled kids trying to survive in a morally complex environment. This time, you get to play with some really cool toys, but at its heart is a great character story. Hood said, “I get to play with these visual effects and worlds, but also have a character driven story that touches on the human element.”
4. Roberto Orci thinks you don’t need film school nowadays.
When discussing how much thought they put in to bonus features, commentary, deleted scenes, etc that goes on to DVD/Blu-Rays now, producer Roberto Orci revealed that true film fans can learn so much from all these behind-the-scenes featurettes and bonus features that you don’t really film school. Gavin Hood chimed in that these special features are more the producers concern than the director. He was so wrapped up and buried in making the film at hand that he couldn’t think about the DVD/Blu-ray or potential sequels.
More San Diego Comic Con coverage coming your way, stay tuned!
The marketing machine behind Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game has stepped up the pace and released a number of new treats for SDCC 2013. There’s a recruitment video featuring Harrison Ford as the head of Battle School, Colonel Hyrum Graff and a look at one of the legendary heroes of the IFC (International Fleet Command) Mazer Rakham played by Ben Kingsley. Both give us a good look at the overall style and special effects we can look forward to.
If that wasn’t already enough for one day, there is this additional bit of viral marketing attached to the recruitment video, it’s a link that takes you to the International Fleet’s Aptitude Test.
There’s sure to be more news later this week after the Ender’s Game panel in the infamous Hall H at this years Comic Con. We’ll be keeping track and bringing it all to you.
Ender’s Game hits theaters screens November 1st starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo hoo, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
The one thing that sprang to my mind in watching this video of Mazer Rackham is perhaps this could be the way to bring Randy Quaid’s Independance Day character back to life in the ID sequel. If Mazer Rackham can Kamikaze into a Mother-ship and survive to train Ender, why can’t Randy?
What do you think about it?
And if you haven’t already, make sure you check out our exclusive report on The Ender’s Game Experience, straight from Comic Con!
Via: Bleeding Cool
[Editor’s Note: Manny Lozano is one of Nerd Bastard’s embedded, roving, San Diego Comic Con journalists who will be pounding the convention center floor all weekend to bring you the very best Comic Con has to offer. From panels to the showroom to the off-site entertainment, we’re covering it all. First stop, Liongate’s Ender’s Game Experience!]
The Ender’s Game Experience at this year’s Comic Con brings you into the fantastic sci-fi world of the action film based on the best selling novel by Orson Scott Card, which lands in theaters this November 1st.
The exhibit showcases a variety of props from the film, including weapons and gadgets, as well as pieces of the actual sets from the Battle School in which much of the film is set. Several of the costumes worn by the film’s lead actors were also on display. Stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld were both on hand to kick off the festivities.
After walking through the exhibit, Con goers can enter to win a 3D printer like the one featured in the film and can receive a dog tag to get their picture taken in the Battle Room. I had to indulge.
Earlier this year science-fiction fans were elated to see the first footage from Ender’s Game, and now it’s like nobody wants to go near it. Due to the views on same-sex relationships and gay rights from Ender’s Game author, Orson Scott Card, the film has become a public relations disaster, with many fans looking to boycott the film. In the eyes of Lionsgate that is the kiss of death for their hopes of a future franchise hit.
In order to try to quell the fire Orson released a statement requesting we show tolerance to his intolerance, which only increased the call for more boycotts. For a multi-million dollar production like Ender’s Game that spells disaster and Lionsgate, the parent company of Summit Entertainment, have had enough of the controversy. Looking to distance themselves from the views of Card and referencing their own beliefs towards the LGBT community, the studio has released a statement of their very own.
How it will be received remains to be seen, but here’s a look at the full statement via Deadline:
As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender’s Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game.
How does this make you feel? Will a future fundraiser in the form of a benefit premiere for the LGBT community help or hinder Lionsgate’s promotion of Ender’s Game? Should something more be done about Orson?
Ender’s Game is in theaters everywhere November 1st.