Gavin Hood

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 […]
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 […]
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