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.
Joining Catching Fire and I, Frankenstein with a panel in the coveted Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con is Summit Entertainment‘s Ender’s Game. Though surprisingly, the Ender’s Game panel, which features producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, plus Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin, won’t be on Saturday. Or even Friday. Their panel is schedule for Thursday, July 18th. Huh? Really?
Ender’s Game, the upcoming film adaptation of a science fiction classic is on Thursday, a day I pointed out yesterday was usually reserved for franchises Comic-Con on begrudgingly included, like Twilight, and Catching Fire gets a prime panel spot on Saturday? Don’t miss understand me, I’m super excited for Catching Fire and its Saturday panel, I’m just a little shocked to see Ender’s Game knocked to Thursday. Maybe that’s Summit’s preferred spot? They were the studio behind Twilight after all.
Considering their panel will be over before most of the con has even started, I’m happy to see Ender’s Game plans to have a strong presence on the con floor at their booth, as well as hosting an “exclusive fan experience” outside the Hilton Gaslamp. This will feature, “eight unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender’s world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie.” While going through the experience fans will see exclusive movie footage and be able to interact with some of the content. There’s also an opportunity to win a home makeover, if you felt your pad was lacking in that sterile, futuristic atmosphere.
Below the cut you’ll find the full press release outlining everything Summit Entertainment is bringing to Comic-Con. The fan experience sounds kind of cool, even it’s nothing more than an interactive movie trailer. Excited to see what Ender’s Game is bringing to Comic-Con? What do you think of them having their panel on Thursday?
You should know, I took this story merely for the puny headline. Now that I have satisfied my witticism, I can dance a sigh of relief knowing Summit’s Highlanderreboot has put another nail in it’s coffin.
A few years back, Summit Entertainment entertained (pun intended) the idea of rebooting Highlander; the 1986 pop culture flick about a centuries old sword-swinging Scotsman fighting for his immortality. Justin Lin was attached early on, but departed in 2011 so he could make Fast and Furious 6. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had hopped in 2012 for a bit, but rolled out right fucking quick per creative disputes. The script itself even passed a few hands. Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) dreamt up first draft, then Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight) was brought on for rewrites in 2011. The most recent draft was penned by Noah Oppenheim. Who?
Despite the project being tossed around like a piece of shit at a dung beetle convention, it somehow caught the attention of Ryan Reynolds. I guess because, you know, he clearly hasn’t played enough super heroes? Had he stayed with the project, he would have played the lead of Connor MacLeod, who was portrayed by Christopher Lambert in the 1986 original. To the chagrin of no one, he passed on the project. Apparently Reynolds got tired of waiting around for Summit to lock down a committed director, so he said (paraphrasing) “see ya later”.
According to The Wrap, Reynolds departure means Summit will be wiping the slate clean and start from square one. New script, new director and new staff.
To that I say, let us all hold a summit (that’s my final pun, I swear) at Summit Entertainment. We blast the Queen Sound track to the 1986 Highlander until the studio heads lose their heads and forfeit this god forsaken reboot.
To Ryan Reynolds I say: Please stop this nonsense. Make everyone happy and go fucking make Deadpool already!
In some news related to Game of Thrones that has absolutely nothing to do with The Red Wedding or those involved, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the cruel but charming Jaime Lannister, is in talks to star in Alex Proyas‘ Gods of Egypt. The Wrap reports Coster-Waldau will play the god, Horus, in Summit Entertainment’s mythic, fantasy epic.
Proyas, probably best known for the Will Smith flick, I, Robot, had a hand in shaping the script along with screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. Gods of Egypt is set in – surprise! – ancient Egypt and will follow, “Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.”
I’m betting 10-1 in this version, Horus and Hather are brother and sister. And lovers. What? Gods and incest go together like a couple of Lannisters. … Which, means terribly, so scratch that, I just really wanted to work that incest angle in here. Anyway, Coster-Waldau, a god? Seems like a no brainer to me. Can’t wait to learn more about this flick. As of now, no production start date has been set, and obviously, still a bit of casting to be done.
What are you thinking about Gods of Egypt? Interested? Hopefully we aren’t in for another Clash/Wrath of the Titans or The Immortals.
Red 2, the sequel to 2010 action-comedy, has yet to be released, but Summit Entertainment must really be banking on its success…seeing as they have green lit the development of Red 3.
Red 2 won’t be released in theaters until mid-July, but Summit refuses to sit on their hands waiting for the money to roll in. The studio has already rehired Red and Red 2 writers Jon and Erich Hoeber to begin development of the third installment based off the comic mini-series written by Warren Ellis. Details are scarce, as they would be for a sequel not even written yet, but the return of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Mary Louise-Parker is a sure bet.
Even with something this early in development, the studio has already made the first step in the right direction, bringing Jon and Erich back to write. The duo made the first Red a successful adaptation and Red 2 should continue the trend of former government agents and Bruce Willis being Bruce Willis.
I dunno about the rest of y’all, but I for one am stoked for Jonathan Levine‘s rom-zom-com, Warm Bodies.
I’ll tell you, my 10 years of domestication and demasculation with Mrs. Nerd Bastards has had no influence on my girlish anticipation. This isn’t about having any misplaced love for Twilight, or having strong feminine sensibilities. This flicks corky, funny Zombieland humor is what got my attention. It’s a flick that doesn’t take itself seriously. No bullshit romances, or dorky metrosexual-creatures here. What you got is purely comical and satirical.
If you’re note on the bandwagon yet, then I implore you to check out the trailer. If, after viewing, you don’t agree we finally have a decent flesh-eating monsters with heart story, well… then I’ll just have to re-evaluate my manhood.
For the rest of you Warm Bodies fanatics, Summit Entertainment has released three clips and 13 minutes of B-roll for the film.
I haven’t watched the clips or the footage since I want to go in having seen as little of the movie as possible. I might finally be able to enjoy a rom-com with Mrs. Nerd Bastards without any per-conceived judgements, and thus, not be an asshole about it. I’ll possibly (and hopefully) have fun with this one.
Check out the clips and the B-roll. The film also stars Rob Corddry and John Malkovich.
The Highlander has taken another head. And by that, I mean the Highlanderreboot by Summit Entertainment has lost another potential director. Most recently, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was set to direct, after having taken over when Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) exited. According to today’s report from Deadline Juan Carlos has walked away as well, muttering the phrase “creative differences”.
“I’m told that his exit is amicable, and that after a year of working on the project, he and Summit could not get past the fact they had differing views of the film, and finally agreed to disagree. Fresnadillo left a remake of The Crow to join Highlander. It’s unclear at the moment whether that is an option, but come Monday, he will be looking for another movie, and Summit will be looking for another Highlander helmer.”
Not a lot is known about Summit Entertainment’s planned remake of the original 1986 Highlander film except that Ryan Reynolds is set to play Connor MacLeod, the titular sword wielding immortal who chops the heads off other immortals.
Who even wants this remake? There can be only one!
I say, forget Ryan Reynolds and forget this reboot. Seriously, studios don’t care about casting anymore or when remaking a classic. If Summit is insistent of making this (and they are, they’ve invested too much to go home now) then they should cast someone like Thomas Jayne, keep film CGI free and by all accounts, insert all the rocking Queen jams used in the original film. Then maybe I would give my fan support.
There’s a right and wrong way to make a supernatural love story. Twilight , for example, is how NOT to do it. There’s a film coming out, however, that tells a better love story than Twilight because it is (thank gawd) almost nothing like Twilight.
The film in question is Jonathan Levine and Summit Entertainment’s zombie romantic comedy (or zom-rom-com)Warm Bodies. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, it stars Nicholas Hoult as R, your average everyday zombie, who feels lost among the hordes of undead. That is, until he begins to fall in love with Julie (Teresa Palmer). Along the way, their connection starts off a chain reaction which may affect the future of civilization and conceivably reverse the zombie plague.
When the trailer for this zombie apocalypse/romantic comedy hit a few weeks back, it surprised (mostly) everyone. Myself included. Initially, I assumed it was going to be Twilight but with stupid-sexy/metrosexual-zombies instead of stupid-sparkling-vampires. I thought it was going to be one of those “serious” romances, but nope… it’s purely comical and satirical. The corky, funny zombieland humor changed my perspective from “Efff that!” to “I’m gonna see that.”
Truly, this is how you do flesh-eating monsters with heart.
Anyway, Summit Entertainment has released a second new trailer for Warm Bodies. It’s not as lively (no pun intended) as the first trailer, but it still looks to be a nerdtastic movie.
Warm Bodies will be chomping it’s way into theaters February 1st, 2013.
He’s raced cars, fought Necromongers, pacified children, knocked around some guys and now, actor Vin Diesel, will be hunting some witches!
The brawny badlie is in talks with Lionsgate and Summit to star in The Last Witch Hunter. Which, you guess it, is about some guy who kills the remainder of Earth’s witches. Emmett/Furla Films is producing the film with Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm executive producing and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directing.
So, yay, another movie revolving around Diesel’s cool-guy poses and one-liners.
Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre) will be writing the screenplay for the film adaptation of Erin Morgenstern‘s fantasy novel, TheNight Circus. The book was released last September and since then has become a New York Times best seller and move rights were picked up by Summit Entertainment in January. Looks like it made a huge impression in a short period of time! (I hadn’t even heard of this before tonight but now it appears that I have to get out from under my rock and read this thing.)
David Heyman (of Harry Potter fame) and Jeff Clifford will be producing the film.
I went looking for a synopsis of the book to share with my fellow ignorant people… and found something even better: a trailer for the novel! It actually sounds really interesting. I’m looking forward to one day reading this thing and seeing how the film goes.