Orsen Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has been a Scifi favorite when it first published in 1985. Since winning that years Hugo award there have been numerous attempts to bring it to the big screen, but each has ended like a used blow up sex doll. The promise of pleasure followed by a long hissing sound and stunning disappointment. Not that I know anything about that, no I just heard about it. From my cousin, yeah, that’s the ticket, my cousin.
So although I greet the news that Summit has pitched in to help finance and distribute an Ender’s Game movie based on a Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine) script treatment with a child-like hope, I know that these things have a difficult birthing process and it’s not over until the film is in the can. Even then things can still go wrong. Gavin is also getting the directing duties so that shows that Summit is on board with the current script and direction.
Deadline puts forth the thought that Summit is looking for a replacement for the soon ending Twilight series. Ender’s Game is the first in a series of books with a large young and old Scifi fan base. Many schools have Ender’s Game on their required reading lists these days. With the excitement brewing over the Hunger Games movie in development, Ender’s Game could be Summit’s choice to latch unto that popular market.
If you haven’t read the series then I do recommend it although I would also tell you to skip The Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind until you read the rest of the books in the series. It just goes along better that way in my opinion.