‘Ender’s Game’ back in play with ‘Wolverine’ director

Sept. 21, 2010 | 6:17 p.m.
The project about a boy hero is now back in active development, sources say, as independent production company Odd Lot Entertainment pushes forward.

At 24 Frames, our sister blog, there’s a stirring of news about the long-sought Hollywood adaptation of “Ender’s Game.“…

enders game Enders Game back in play with Wolverine directorFans of Orson Scott Card and his seminal science-fiction work “Ender’s Game” were despondent last year when the author revealed that he thought the movie could be hitting the rocks.

But the project about a boy hero is now back in active development, sources say, as independent production company Odd Lot Entertainment pushes forward on a movie version of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel.

Most interesting, sources  say, there’s now a big-name filmmaker involved with the project: Gavin Hood, who directed the Oscar-winning “Tsotsi” and last year’s comic book franchise “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Hood has done a rewrite of Card’s most recent script and is developing the project as a director. That level of involvement doesn’t mean a filmmaker will wind up directing a film, of course. But for a project that’s struggled as much as this one, it’s a start.

Sci-fi novelist and Mormon activist Card garnered significant acclaim with his 1985 novel “Ender’s Game.” Based on his own short story, Card’s book tells of a world in which humans face a serious threat from an alien race known as the Formics and begin training elite military units in response. Against this backdrop comes Andrew Wiggin, also known as Ender, a child who becomes a top-flight solider and helps to save Earth….

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– Steven Zeitchik

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7 Responses to ‘Ender’s Game’ back in play with ‘Wolverine’ director

  1. Guest says:

    Zeitchik, take that last sentence off your "Ender's Game" piece, because YOU HAVE GIVEN AWAY THE ENDING without issuing anything like a SPOILER ALERT. Just throw a period on at this point:

    "…Andrew Wiggin, also known as Ender, a child who becomes a top-flight solider and helps to save Earth ."

  2. Jyspsycat says:

    I agree with the other comment. I've read the books, and know the story line. Part of the greatness of this book is learning what you've just so blithely given away. Take it out.

  3. Thomas says:

    Agreed, please remove the last sentence so that anyone not familiar with this will not have things ruined for them.

  4. Hurricane says:

    Ugh

    Wolverine: Origins was atrocious. If that is his approach to canon I shudder to think what steamer he will create with such a nuanced story.

    This book deserves a David Fincher/Peter Jackson/Speilberg.

  5. marky says:

    oh my god what is wrong with hollywood.. When somebody makes something as awful as wolverine you do NOT hand him Enders frikken Game!

  6. Bill says:

    It was fairly obvious that Hood was forced by Fox to make some pretty bad decisions on Wolverine, there was tons of production trouble on that one, and it was frequently reported. I'm willing to give him another chance.

  7. Tyler says:

    I thought wolverine was good. But I agree, this should be a zemekis / lucas / cameron film…

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