This is great. I can now pencil in another movie to avoid at all costs.
When the movie comes out, the key for viewers who have read the book will be not
to expect it to tell then entire story; that is impossible unless the film is
six (or more) hours long. I discovered that bit of wisdom after seeing "The
Hunt For Red October" for the first time over 20 years ago; I ruined the
showing for myself by being upset that so much was left out of the movie!In short, whomever writes the screenplay will have to take that into
account. I'm hopeful, as others who have commented, that Card will have a role
in adapting the book for the screen, as well as retaining a fair amount of
creative control. This should be fun; I look forward to it's debut.
I think Jared Gilmore, the kid who plays "Henry" on the TV show
"Once Upon A Time", would fit the Bean role well. Although he'll be 12
in May (and plays a 10-year-old on the show), he has the rather short and slight
stature that I've always pictured Bean as having. As for Asa Butterfield, even
though he'll be 15 in April, he also seems to have that short-and-slight stature
that Ender is descibed as having.I'm sure for the 6-year-old Ender,
where the book starts, there will be a different actor playing the role; Asa
Butterfield will likely take the role after being at Battle School for awhile,
which is probably where the bulk of the movie will focus. And as to the
complaints of why he wasn't mentioned in this article, the reason is because
that was a story reported several weeks ago; this one is merely to announce
additional roles that have been cast. I'm sure it was not intended as a slight
I would say Asa Butterfield is too old to play ender. He will be 15 very soon.
Ender is significantly younger than that. This fact causes fear and
trepidation, even if they try to cast Butterfield as younger than he is.
I hope they stay much closer to the book than LotR did. Specifically I hope
they leave Ender at the age he is in the book. I know this has been one of
Card's main fears, that if made into a movie Ender would be recast about 10
years older, which just would not work. No teenager would have trusted the
military establishment so.Kingsley is a really good choice for his
I think the most difficult character to cast will be Bean. Especially
considering the outrigger books. And Windsor; nothing like the penn state
thing. To say more would be a spoiler, but it's more of a fight thing between
I think all these 3D worry-warts must not know that much about film. Just
because it's shot in 3D doesn't mean it HAS to be viewed in 3D. There will
always be non-3D showings and you can always view it at home on a regular
screen. For those that like 3D, let them have it. All the complaining is for
nothing, cause 3D doesn't mean you have to do it. I almost always don't like 3D
myself, but I never complain about it cause there's just no point.
Havent read the books but Gregg Weber's post above about skin in the showers
took my mind right to Penn State. I'm hoping thats way off base.
I thought it was intragalactic within our galaxy; not intergalactic which is
going to another galaxy.The problems will be the barracks and
showers. If they go for skin they'll lose the PG-13 and that will be a loss as
it wasn't part of the story and not needed.If they go for special
effects it'll be just a shoot'em up with little to connect the
"action" scenes.Either of these options will be bad. Both
You know, most of the folks I know don't think "When are they going to make
this into a movie?" they think "Please no, this book was too awesome
for them to mess it up!" or you get the resigned sighs.
Looking forward to seeing this movie. I hope the movie is as true to its book
as the Harry Potter series was.Is that Harrison Ford's drivers
I agree with MVH -- PLEASE do not do 3-D. Don't ruin it!
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?
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.
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.
The people they picked are perfect! Asa butterfielf! He is exactly how I
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
What is OSC's involvement?
please please don't be another avatar the last airbender quality movie...
J-TXThank 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.
Wow, so excited! Can't wait to see this. Hopefully the script and casting will
do this story justice!
@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'.
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.
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.
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.
And cross your fingers that the movie is faithful to the book!
Cross your fingers!