Ender’s Game

Feb. 11, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ director talks film’s morality in exclusive clip

The sci-fi spectacle “Ender’s Game” is available on home video Tuesday, and Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at a video clip from the bonus features. The film, based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. Card’s book won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and has become extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school. The movie brought in more than $112 million at the worldwide box office, and the Blue-Ray and DVD releases, out Tuesday, include deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with director Gavin Hood and producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci, a 45-minute featurette about the making of the film and a featurette […]
Nov. 01, 2013 | 2:08 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ director talks sequel, Orson Scott Card controversy

The long-awaited movie adaptation of “Ender’s Game” is out this week, bringing the popular sci-fi tale to the big screen for the first time. The movie, based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. Card’s book won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and has become extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school. However, the film has found itself the object of boycotts and criticism due to Card’s outspoken arguments against gay marriage. “Ender’s Game” director Gavin Hood has repeatedly emphasized his focus on the book’s themes of compassion and tolerance. Hero Complex caught up with Hood to discuss the controversy. In Part 2 of the interview, Hood […]
Oct. 31, 2013 | 3:26 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on why he changed Ender’s age

“Ender’s Game” hits theaters Friday, bringing Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi tale to the big screen for the first time. The movie is based on Card’s 1985 novel about a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. The book was critically praised, winning the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and became extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school. Given its time limitation, the film adheres rather closely to the events and themes in the 324-page novel. But some of the book’s fans have expressed concern online about several differences and key details, including compressing the book’s timeline, leaving out the political activities of Ender’s siblings back home and altering Ender’s age — he was 6 years old at the beginning of the […]
Oct. 18, 2013 | 2:34 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game': New video, Mondo poster spotlight sci-fi action

"Ender's Game" - Martin Ansin's Mondo poster (featured image)
The theatrical opening of “Ender’s Game” is less than two weeks away, but in the meantime fans of the sci-fi story can check out a new video and poster for the film. “Ender’s Game” is an adaptation of the award-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card about Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young genius recruited and groomed by a global military organization to help fend off an alien threat. The three-minute video, released Friday, features a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive digital effects required to create Ender’s world, including alien landscapes, space warfare and the Zero G battle room where Ender and his classmates learn to navigate a weightless environment. “We really wanted the audience to feel the photographic reality of battle fleets and alien planets,” director Gavin Hood said in the video. “When you’re making a movie you want […]
Sept. 26, 2013 | 3:39 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ TV spot features alien battle scenes in space

Ender's Game poster (featured image)
A new TV spot for “Ender’s Game” is light on dialogue but heavy on space battle action scenes. The one-minute trailer, released Thursday, begins with a series of explosions, on Earth and in the sky, as Harrison Ford’s Col. Hyrum Graff voice sets up the story. “When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us,” he says. The film, based on the award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel of the same name, follows Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a genius Battle School recruit, groomed by the International Fleet, a global government and military organization, to fend off an alien threat. “We need minds like yours, Ender,” Graff tells him in the trailer. “You will be the one to save mankind.” Directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), “Ender’s Game” also stars Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. The actors […]
Sept. 12, 2013 | 10:00 a.m.

‘Ender’s Game': New propaganda posters appeal to honor, fear

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An exploding spacecraft and a regiment of troops are the subjects of two new posters for the film “Ender’s Game.” Hero Complex readers get an exclusive first look at the posters (check them out in the gallery above). “Ender’s Game,” based on Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 science-fiction novel, hits theaters in less than two months, and the Hollywood hype machine is kicking into high gear. Today’s posters are the latest in a series of recruitment and propaganda images for the International Fleet — the film’s global government and military organization, formed to unite Earth’s citizens after a devastating alien attack nearly destroyed humanity. In the film, the International Fleet actively recruits the world’s brightest young minds and, in an orbiting Battle School, molds them to become the Fleet’s future leaders. Much like war propaganda posters of yore, the “Ender’s Game” posters […]
Aug. 30, 2013 | 9:55 a.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on sci-fi battle sequences, integrity

Hailee Steinfeld, left, and Asa Butterfield star in "Ender's Game." (Richard Foreman / Summit Entertainment)
NEW ORLEANS — The Michoud Assembly Facility just south of Lake Pontchartrain is the place where Saturn V rockets and the space shuttle’s external fuel tanks were put together. But on a muggy spring day last year, NASA’s largely abandoned manufacturing plant was the site of an intergalactic mission of a very different kind: bringing “Ender’s Game” to life. Inside the massive complex, filmmaker Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was barking out directions over a public address system to the movie’s young cast, which includes “Hugo’s” Asa Butterfield and “True Grit’s” Hailee Steinfeld. “Boom, boom! It’s really unbelievable,” Hood yelled to his cast. Except it wasn’t, yet. FULL COVERAGE: Movie Sneaks 2013 The young stars, arrayed at computer terminals inside a deep-space military academy, were looking around frantically at an empty stage, Hood trying to help them visualize what that […]
Aug. 06, 2013 | 10:36 a.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ trailer delivers explosive imagery, Harrison Ford

The final trailer for “Ender’s Game” has debuted, arriving with plenty of dramatic visuals, explosive space spectacle and a great deal of Harrison Ford. Set for release Nov. 1, the sci-fi film, directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), adapts Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel and takes place in a future in which an alien race known as the Formics has attacked Earth. Asa Butterfield plays Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy recruited to help humanity face future threats — his abilities are honed through special tactical training he receives at Battle School. The new clip opens with Ford, who plays the film’s Colonel Hyrum Graff, explaining over scenes of striking landscapes, “When the aliens first invaded, they nearly destroyed us. They will be back.” Ford’s voice serves as the through-line for the trailer, and the actor also can be seen […]
July 19, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Divergent’ unveil new photos

Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." (Summit Entertainment)
On the heels of Thursday’s Comic-Con panel touting the upcoming sci-fi films “Ender’s Game” and “Divergent,” Summit Entertainment has released new promotional media for both films, offering a sneak peek at two grim visions of the future. The cache includes a series of banners for “Ender’s Game” showing the cast members crisply dressed in the uniforms of the International Fleet, the military force that protects the Earth from the hostile alien race known as the Formics. The cast includes Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young prodigy who could be the planet’s best hope for survival; Harrison Ford as Col. Hyrum Graff, who trains the young soldiers; and Ben Kingsley as the legendary Cmdr. Mazer Rackham. (Check out the gallery above for more.) FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Accompanying the banners is a new teaser video paying tribute […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:26 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Ender’s Game’ producer says movie is about tolerance

Addressing the controversy that has erupted over the upcoming film “Ender’s Game,” producer Bob Orci used the Hall H stage at Comic-Con International to offer his impassioned support of LGBT rights. He said the movie does not represent the anti-gay views that have been expressed by author Orson Scott Card, on whose novel the 1985 project is based. “I would hate to see the efforts of all the people who made this movie thwarted for the less than 1% of the people behind the movie, particularly because the message of the book and the movie is tolerance, compassion and empathy,” Orci said. “Ender’s Game” shared the Hall H spotlight with the anticipated film “Divergent,” a dystopian adventure set in postapocalyptic Chicago and starring Shailene Woodley. Not all of the discussion centered on Card. Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Graff in […]
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