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…)
Orson Scott Card
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…)
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.
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.
The Ender’s Game series has, over the years , become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed franchises in science fiction literature. However, its author’s political views are controversial to say the least.
Orson Scott Card has become almost as famous (or infamous) for his homophobia as he has for his novel writing. He has, in the past, advocated open rebellion and revolution against the federal government should gay marriage be legalized, and he is a board member of the ultra right-wing anti-marriage equality group: the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
Now if Card’s opinions were nothing more than a private matter with no bearing on his public life, then there would be no reason to object, but when an author uses his position, money, and fame to advance what many would call a hateful agenda, it becomes understandable that many in the public might seek to deny him revenue by boycotting his works.
Not long after the cinematic version of Ender’s Game was announced, Geeks OUT!, an organization which speaks for the LGBTF portion of the nerd community, started a boycott website against the film called Skip Ender’s Game.
In response, Card released this statement to Entertainment Weekly:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
Orson Scott Card
Personally, and I do NOT speak for Nerd Bastards here: I wouldn’t give the man a penny – and I’d actually have more respect for him if he’d stuck to his guns come hell or high water, instead of this half-assed attempt to minimize the issue away.
A big screen version of Orson Scott Card‘s epic sci-fi novel Ender’s Game has sort of been a bit of a white whale for Hollywood. Decades in on again off again development has had fans wondering if it will ever really happen. Short answer, yes and it looks really expensive. Below is the first teaser trailer for the flick and it just seems to be an endless stream of CGI money shots and Harrison Ford, two things that don’t come cheap. Check it 0ut. (more…)
Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield took to the Internet today to announce the premiere date for the first Ender’s Game trailer. The good news for us is that it also includes a small teaser trailer with unseen footage. So, this is a thing now in Hollywood, it’s not enough to have a teaser trailer, there’s got to be an introduction by the stars and some huge Internet event.
The world premiere of the Ender’s Game trailer will happen during a Google+ Hangout on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET. The event also includes a live conversation with director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), producer Bob Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and star Asa Butterfield (Hugo).
Tune in Tuesday to the live Google+ Hangout using the links below:
Fans have been asked to submit their questions and get a chance to have those questions answered during the Hangout. Join in the conversation online using the #EndersGame hashtag. Click here to register for the event.
Check out the teaser trailer below, don’t be surprised that creator Orson Scott Card is not listed or mentioned in this teaser. His views and public statements concerning anti LGBT rights has been a hot Internet topic and sore marketing issue for this production.
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.
They should have known it would end in a PR disaster, and now it seems it has. A column that DC Comics’ Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase co-authored for Comic Book Resources called B&B has been suddenly cancelled, and the reason may be that the fans who submitted questions to the column were getting a little too impertinent.
The source of the controversy over the column may have been another controversy, the hiring of writer Orson Scott Card to pen the online adventures of Superman. Chris Sprouse, a regular DC artist tasked to draw Card’s Superman story, removed himself from the project when fans began to protest Card’s appointment to the project on the basis of, shall we say, his strong views on gay marriage. Here’s the question a fan asked B&B about Card:
Finally, LGBT_Fan asks, “As a gay man, I was disappointed that you decided to work with Orson Scott Card on the upcoming Adventures of Superman. The man has called for the overthrow of the government if marriage equality legislation is passed in the U.S. and serves on the board of the National Organization of Marriage. How do you justify this hiring along with your attempts at reaching out to the LGBT community (e.g. writing LGBT characters in stories like Alan Scott and Batwoman)?”
The answer read as follows:
Note: A DC spokesperson referred CBR back to their previous statement on that question.
Perhaps unwilling to be caught off-guard like this again, the plug has been pulled on B&B with the following statement from CBR:
With regret, CBR News has to inform our readers today that there will no longer be a “B&B” column on the site after only four short months.
When CBR proposed the idea of a regular column with DC’s executive staff, our stated intent was for the feature to be a place to connect the decision makers at the publisher with the wider comics community. Aside from product and story information, discussing the industry news and debates of the day was something we always planned to focus on both in the regular interviews with Harras and Chase and the monthly fan Q&A. However, the DC team has made it clear to CBR that discussing some of the more controversial debates surrounding the company and the comics community is not something they feel comfortable doing in this format, and ultimately they decided to no longer participate in this feature.
Specifically, Harras and Chase declined to comment on questions about DC exclusive talent Jerry Ordway in regards to his statements about his work with the publisher. (Though it should be noted that DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee did discuss the matter in a recent CBR TV interview)
After ensuing discussions on the matter, CBR regrets that DC has decided not to continue what we consider a valuable discussion for readers, retailers and creators. We will however continue to cover the company’s comics, editorial moves and broader impact on comics to the best of our ability – including future interviews with DC executives and editorial staff as they are willing and available.
Well, it was a unique idea while it lasted. Still, The Mary Sue points out that the comic industry is one of the view entertainment media that makes its top people available to fans vis-a-vis convention Q&As and columns like B&B. Could you see the executives of Walt Disney or NBC sitting down with a fan site and doing a monthly article where they answer questions from fans? I hardly think so.
What do you Bastards think? The cancellation of B&B: the coward’s way out, or inevitable result of dealing with combative fans.
Source: The Mary Sue