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Published: Sunday, Jan. 22 2012 11:54 a.m. MST

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kiaoraguy
Provo, UT

Cross your fingers!

Lyle
Springville, UT

And cross your fingers that the movie is faithful to the book!

JKayDS
EULESS, TX

This is REALLY GOOD news!
I hope that they stay faithful to the books also and not make it really dark!
It could be as good as the Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings movies if they play it right, especially if it is done in 3D.

Casting so far seems good.

Really looking forward to seeing them on the big screen.

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

SOOOOOO STOKED TO HEAR THIS!!!!

Awesome series, very creative, incredible read, and over-the-top movie potential. Even if they achieve half the movie this book merits, it will be great to see! And if they nail it, this could easily be the next Star Wars, as in series-long, block-buster success.

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

Woo Hoo!! I can't believe they didn't mention that Asa Butterfield (Hugo) is playing Ender. This appears to be a real project. DesNews doesn't let us post URLs, but if you search Google News for "ender's game movie" you'll see the casting call for extras in the New Orleans area, and the IMDB entry. Looks like filming begins next month.

J-TX
Allen, TX

@JKayDS;

How could they possibly avoid making this a dark movie?

Take a disturbed child with a traumatic childhood train him clandestinely to be used as a pawn to..... I won't ruin it for those who have not read the book.

I hope the movie is true to the book, too. I just can't see how they could make it the 'feel good hit of 2013'.

utahprincipal801
Sandy, UT

Wow, so excited! Can't wait to see this. Hopefully the script and casting will do this story justice!

JKayDS
EULESS, TX

J-TX
Thank you... yes, I am aware of what it is about as I also have read the series.

I just hope it gets a pg13 rating instead of an X. I also hope that it is in 3D - that would be soooo awesome.

And there are some good parts in it also.

rogerdpack
Orem, UT

please please don't be another avatar the last airbender quality movie...

Dayzd
Salem, OR

What is OSC's involvement?

dferg
Salt Lake City, UT

After I read the cast list but before I saw the cast assignments, I said to myself the Harrison Ford would be a great Colonel Graff, and that Ben Kingsley would be a fantastic Mazer Rackham; both of them just fit those roles.

JKayDS, it wouldn't be rated X, as that rating hasn't existed for years; there is G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. I can see of no concievable way that it would get an R or NC-17; most likely it will get a PG-13 rating for a little violence (such as when Ender and Bonzo fight in the shower) and simulated battle sequences.

This will be a fabulous movie - especially if as has been mentioned above, they stay as true to Orson's story as possible; hopefully he hasn't sold the story outright, and has - like Stephanie Meyer of the Twilight series - retained creative control over the script writing and production.

MVH
Farmington, UT

Please please please no 3D for this. Just let the fad die. The only good 3D will require an enormous budget that only a few releases can get: Avatar, The Hobbit, Prometheus. All the rest are 3D done on the cheap and ask higher ticket prices.

Central Texan
Buda, TX

Battle simulations would be great in 3D.

I know they have gone through several screenwriters over the years. I really hope this goes over well and drives home the book's themes, sometimes hard to do when going from book to screen because of the sparser treatment of the storyline the screenwriter must do.

iscorefilm
Salt Lake City, UT

Okay, so I'm addressing the ratings concerns and then sharing my own experience with the book.

Ratings- I HIGHLY doubt that Card would have allowed them to make this into an r-rated film. Even if he personally had no problem with it, I'm sure it wouldn't do well for him PR-wise. It would be a disaster for him; somehow I think he probably is smart enough to realize this.

Personally, ratings mean very little to me in comparison to content. I know plenty of PG13 films that should have been Rated-R and a few R that should have been PG13 (though fewer). I don't trust the MPAA to decide for me and there is no universal LDS rule for this either. The important thing is being informed and not accepting content that promotes what you don't accept. If ratings help you with that, great. For me, ratings misrepresent and I've been more offended by following them than not.

The book- My own experience was this... I read it after many people telling me that I should be the Ender expert telling them about it. I read, and about 30 or so pages before the end I said "This is stupid. It could have been amazing had he done these 4 or 5 things, but NO!" And of course, all those things happened in the last 30 pages. I love this book! lol (Still haven't read the others though, sadly)

iscorefilm
Salt Lake City, UT

Wait, how does this article go over every other actor BESIDES Ender?

Asa Butterfield was brilliant in Hugo and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I've also enjoyed his performances in Merlin. The kid is great, he's the role, and no mention! lol, I'm just sayin... give the kid credit.

reasonableUTE
Provo, UT

The people they picked are perfect! Asa butterfielf! He is exactly how I pictured ender.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

I've read most of the Ender series and Ender's game at least 3-4 times over the past 20 years. I do hope that they stay somewhat loyal to the book, but even if they don't there will still be plenty of new OSC fans as a result. Odd, but I do hope they can depict the Battle Room action appropriately.

ustraveler
Orem, UT

I also hope they stay true to the book but anyone who follows OSC on his own site will know that he retains creative control, loves his entertainment attorney, and will play a role in it. That said, OSC has also noted on many occasions that a book cannot be a movie and vice-versa. The two mediums demand different approaches and inevitably, some things will be left out of the book.

I'm not too worried. It sounds like it will be a great movie.

Michael De Groote

Hey, don't get me wrong, I think Harrison Ford is a great actor, but isn't he a bit too old to play Ender?

Southern California
Redondo Beach, CA

I agree with MVH -- PLEASE do not do 3-D. Don't ruin it!

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