- 08 May 2013
- By John Howell
After many false starts and a troubled development, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's classic science fiction novel Ender's Game finally has its first trailer. While my expectations were low, the trailer is a good one. The question is, can they turn the novel into a film that is as good as the book? The film and novel are set in a future Earth. The human race has only just survived two wars with an insect race called the "Buggers". To combat the continued threat, the world's most talented children are gathered together and trained using tactical games in a specially prepared Battle School that orbits the Earth. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is one the Battle School's most promising students, displaying amazing tactical ability.
Harrison Ford plays Colonel Graff, the head of the Battle School, while Ben Kingsley plays Mazer Rackham, Ender's teacher, who originally led the humans to victory in the first alien battle with the Buggers. The children are trained in the arts of war, using elaborate tactical simulations both virtual and physical, many lessons in zero gravity environments.
Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game won the Nebula Award for best novel in 1985 and the Hugo Award for best novel in 1986. There have been numerous sequels too, including Ender in Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. Later novels and shorter works set in the same universe include A War of Gifts and Ender's Shadow.
Gavin Hood, a South African filmmaker best known for writing and directing the Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi, directed and wrote the Ender's Game screenplay.
Orson Scott Card told the LA Times that he had many opportunities in the 80s and 90s to sell the rights to Hollywood, but refused to give them up unless they allowed him to have some say in the production.
Ender's Game is scheduled to be released 1 November 2013.
Watch the trailer and let us know what your thoughts are. Are you terrified they will destroy the original story or just happy that it has finally made it to the big screen?
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