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…)
[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!
[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.
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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.
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?
There’s three new propaganda style posters for Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game. The style is reminiscent of Allied propaganda posters from WWII. The movie’s website I.F. Sentinal has some interesting and entertaining looks into the world mindset of Ender’s Game. There are several articles written about the characters and their history well worth the time for a quick read.
What do you think? Are you going to buy a movie ticket for Ender’s Game?
Ender’s Game stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley, and hits theater screens November 1st.
Ender’s Game is easily one of the most anticipated sci-fi films in years thanks to a stellar cast and ground-breaking source material. Now we have not yet seen a trailer, although it should be coming soon, and we’ll have to wait till November before we can see the movie in all its glory, but in the meantime Yahoo has some tidbits to tide us over: a teaser poster and a couple of notes from director Gavin Hood about a key set.
But first, behold the poster!
Now let’s hear what Hood has to say about the Battle Room, a massive zero-gravity mock battlefield where Ender and other Earth children recruited to be military leaders practice the maneuvers and strategies they learn in class. “This is the high school football field, only it’s in three dimensions,” Hood explained. “It’s the size of a football field in all directions: up, down, left, right. And the idea is teams jump out from opposite ends of this amazing space and play this amazing game of 3D paintball, almost.”
Hood added why he decided on a critical geometric difference between the Battle Room in the book, which is a cube, and the Battle Room in the movie, which is a sphere. “What if we could see through? What if we could see out of the space, and we’re moving around the Earth and turning at the same time?” He said, adding that he felt making the room a sphere would create “a really strange, disorienting experience.”
I guess we’ll find out for ourselves when Ender’s Game – starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis will be released on November 1st in regular and IMAX cinemas.
Disney, the studio that’s been making movies about princesses for years, may finally be exploring the “dark side” of their universe with Maleficent. Starring Angelina Jolie, the film is a re-telling of the fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of the evil fairy Maleficent, hence the name. Duh.
The film will be a first for visual effects artist Robert Stromberg, who is taking over for former director Tim Burton after he left to persue Dark Shadows. Because it is the first time that Stromberg will be wielding the power of the director’s chair, it might take a while to shoot. With a story that’s told from the vantage point of the villain and what led her to curse Princess Aurora, this live-action adaptation is projected for a March 14th, 2014 release.
Although waiting just shy of two years feels like an eternity, it’s nothing compared to the wait we’ve already had for Orsen Scott Card‘s Ender’s Game. And it’s going to be just a tad longer – find out why after the jump.
Production is finally underway on the upcoming American science fiction film Ender’s Game, thanks to the guidance of Wolverine director Gavin Hood and studio Odd Lot Entertainment.
Taking place in an alternate version of Earth’s future, Ender’s Game follows the adventures of young Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, who was taken at a very young age to the Battle School to begin training for a war against an alien race known as the Formics. After the years of “development hell” for the Orson Scott Card series, which is set to be released in theaters on March 15th, 2013, we’re going to have to keep waiting a while for any footage.
Until then, the official production blog that was released last month has been leaking shots from the set – Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield crew chair and a door from the set. This latest shot from the production actually has the kids in Ender’s prepping for their roles (kind of). Check out the picture and explanation after the jump:
Being such a highly anticipated franchise, there’s no doubt that when The Hunger Games hits theaters March 23rd, it’s going to do well, and it really doesn’t deserve to. The whole book series by Suzanne Collins is not only barely adequate for a high-school reading level, but the premise is such a rip from movies like Battle Royal, The Running Man (my personal favorite) and The Condemned. It’s contrived pablum and literary bullshit. But I digress…
Being such a highly anticipated franchise, The Hunger Games has it secrets. No sacrificing goats on set, or speaking in tongues before filming type stuff, but these secrets are still pretty interesting and weird.
THR has an interesting article that reveals nine untold secrets surrounding the highly anticipated movie. Like how the Lionsgate movie came to be, accidents on set, the cast salaries and the film’s budget. Even the daily threat of live bears during filming. If you don’t want to read the entire article, our pals over at Geek Tyrant have conveniently arranged all nine secrets into an easy to read format, enjoy.
We may have another one on board for Ender’s Game! Hailee Steinfeld is presently in talks with the studios to play the lead female role of Petra Arkanian in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s book. She is best known for her role in True Grit as Mattie Ross.
Reported by Variety:
Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star as the female lead in OddLot Entertainment’s sci-fi ENDER’S GAME. Steinfeld is in talks to play Petra Arkanian, the only girl in Salamander Army who quickly becomes Ender’s ally and trusted right hand.
If she ends up taking the role, she’ll be working alongside Asa Butterfield and Gavin Hood.
Source: Comic Book Movie