"No less a critic than C. S. Lewis has described the ravenous addiction that these magazines inspired; the same phenomenon has led me to call science fiction the only genuine consciousness-expanding drug." Arthur C. Clarke

Ender’s Game Film

Orson Scott Card’s novel Ender’s Game is considered one of the greatest works of the science-fiction genre, winning Nebula and Hugo awards in 1985 and 1986, respectively.  It has been translated into 28 languages and is recommended reading on the U.S. Marine Corps Professional Reading List.

Now, finally, a film adaptation is in the works.

Cover of "Ender's Game (Ender Quartet)"

Cover of Ender's Game (Ender Quartet)

The release date is currently set for March 15, 2013, with production set to begin early this year in New Orleans.  Most of the cast for the film has been confirmed, and includes a very diverse and decorated cast. led by Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian, and Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin.  The adult characters in the film are led by two veterans of film and the science-fiction genre, Sir Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham and Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyram Gruff.  The cast also includes Brendan Meyer, Aramis Knight, and Moises Arias.

The script was written by Card himself, with an emphasis on not “condescend[ing] to green-screen Hollywood.”  He completed the script for Odd Lot Entertainment in 2009, and director Gavin Hood adapted it for the screen.  Card will also be a co-producer.  Also on-board as creative producers are Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who have contributed to a number of wildly-successful recent projects, including the first two Transformers films, Mission Impossible: 3, Eagle Eye, Watchmen, Star Trek, and Cowboys and Aliens.

Hopefully this film, with it’s great cast and crew, and led by author Card himself, will be able to live up to it’s billing.

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