Orson Scott Card

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 […]
Aug. 30, 2013 | 9:55 a.m.

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

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 18, 2013 | 9:37 a.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ recruits for Battle School with new video, test

School’s out for summer — except in the futuristic world of the upcoming sci-fi film “Ender’s Game,” based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card. In the film, hostile aliens known as the Formics have attacked Earth, and the planet’s military organization, the International Fleet, is marshaling and training a new generation of young soldiers to continue the fight. A new promotional video for the film, titled “Battle School Needs You” and styled as a military recruiting tool, shows Col. Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and a group of young soldiers preparing for war. Among their ranks is Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy who could be the fleet’s next great hope. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “We need the best and the brightest to lead,” Ford says in the minute-long video, embedded below. “If […]
July 12, 2013 | 2:07 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’: To deflate boycott, Lionsgate shuns Orson Scott Card

Trying to impede a boycott of its “Ender’s Game” movie sparked by anti-gay-marriage remarks made by the book’s author, Lionsgate has issued a statement distancing itself from novelist Orson Scott Card. The studio also said it will host an “Ender’s Game” benefit for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Set for release Nov. 1, the sci-fi story adapts Card’s 1985 novel, set in a near future in which an alien race known as the Formics have attacked Earth. The movie stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy recruited to help humanity face future threats, and is directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”). Although the novel is revered by many, Card’s political views have stirred great controversy. The writer has a history of making comments opposed to same-sex marriage, and his recent remarks about the Supreme Court’s ruling […]
May 07, 2013 | 2:33 p.m.

‘Ender’s Game’ trailer teases outer space spectacle, Mazer Rackham

The new trailer for “Ender’s Game” received a prominent rollout online Tuesday afternoon, with director Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), producer Robert Orci and star Asa Butterfield participating in a Google+ hangout that coincided with the premiere of the promotional spot for the sci-fi adventure adapted from the novel by Orson Scott Card. Set in a near future in which an alien race known as the Formics have attacked Earth, the movie stars Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a bright boy who’s recruited to help humanity face future threats. Guided in his growth by Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), Ender advances from Battle School to Command School and soon finds himself under the tutelage of the legendary Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley, the Oscar-winning actor who’s getting a lot of screen time in fantastic films these days). “They know our strategies. […]
March 05, 2013 | 6:21 p.m.

Orson Scott Card’s ‘Superman’ comic delayed after artist exits

Orson Scott Card’s contribution to “Adventures of Superman” will be delayed after the story’s illustrator, Chris Sprouse, bowed out of the project. DC Comics has been under fire since announcing Card would contribute a story to the first collected issue of the comic, due out May 29. Card’s involvement drew the ire of gay advocates, who called for boycotts of the comic and petitioned DC to drop the “Ender’s Game” author due to his anti-gay rhetoric. Card is an outspoken opponent of homosexuality and a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, which seeks to ban same-sex marriage. Sprouse — the Eisner-winning comic artist whose work includes such titles as “Tom Strong,” “X-Men” and “Justice League America” — cited the controversy in his decision to step down as the illustrator of the story by Card and Aaron Johnston. MORE: […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 12:24 p.m.

Orson Scott Card and Superman: The thorny strategy of stoking fan rage

GUEST COMMENTARY Superman is a character that stands for truth, justice and the American way, but should creators who work on his comics be held to that same level of virtue? Last week, DC announced “Adventures of Superman,” a new series reprinting comics that are initially released digitally, and the first issue features a story by Aaron Johnston and Orson Scott Card. Card is a staunch, vocal opponent of homosexuality and a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group actively working to keep same-sex marriage illegal, and his personal views have Super-fans furious. At last check, an online petition to remove Card from the title is 732 signatures short of its goal of 10,000, and stores in Dallas and San Francisco have publicly announced that they won’t be carrying the first issue of “Adventures of Superman.” These […]
Sept. 21, 2010 | 6:17 p.m.

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

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