Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ender's Game to be released in cinemas

For those of you who are Orson Scott Card fans, his classic "coming of age" science fiction novel Ender's Game is to be released November 1, 2013.  Here's a brief description for those who aren't familiar with the saga.

A group of child geniuses from all over the Earth are assembled at an orbital Battle School.  This gathering of young mentally unbiased talent is a desperate effort to figure out a way of defeating an alien insect-like race called the Formics, after said aliens execute an unprovoked attack on Earth.

I hope there is not the usual Hollywood botch up job (as was done with Heinlein's Star Ship Troopers), because I and other fan's have been waiting for this one for decades.  I think the odds of getting a great movie are good because Card himself is writing the screenplay and is one of the producers.  If they do it right, it will be great to see Ender (a child prodigy who is both intelligent and mature beyond his years), his loving older sister Valentine, and his sociopathic older brother Peter come to life, as well as the diminutive but unconquerable Bean.  Bean will figure prominently, as the film is said to contain significant elements of both the books Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow.

It is slated to have a star studded cast with Asa Butterfield (who had the title role in Hugo) as Ender, Ben Kingsley as Fleet Commander Mazer Rackam and Harrison Ford as Colonel Graf -- to name a few.  For more details look here (but I warn you first -- there are spoilers!):

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