Friday, May 20, 2005

Update From OSC

Orson Scott Card posted on his official forum, Hatrack, some details about the EG Movie:

1. We compress the action of the book to one year, and the youngest of the characters (Bean) is about nine or ten.

2. It's very hard to work with child actors, but it can be done, as witness the stellar performances of every child actor in Peter Pan and Neverland.

About Wolfgang Petersen:

Writers don't "pick" directors. The only power I had was to veto the ones who would have been horrible. Beyond that, we looked for directors who found the project interesting, who were on the short list of those capable of directing it AND of getting a studio to back the project with that director attached. What some folks don't seem to grasp is that the ONLY reason Warner Brothers picked up the Ender's Game movie project was that Wolfgang was attached. If Wolfgang were not the director, THERE WOULD BE NO PROJECT. We'd still be going begging to the studio doors. Wolfgang, not I, is driving the project. That's how Hollywood works, when it works at all.

... you want a director who can't bear a tough ending? A director who has no understanding of character? I'd rather NOT see Ender's Game be nothing but a special effect-driven extravaganza, thanks ...


At 12:52 PM, Blogger Ender's Game said...

This makes me more confident about the project. The prospect of an Ender's Game as a special effects driven kids movie with a Hollywood happy ending is all fan's worse nightmare. I'm glad Wolfgang's the kind of director who will go for characters over special effects and an appropriate ending.

However, I'm not too thrilled to hear that the story will be shortened to a year, since it cheapens the experience of Battle School. It's less believable that in a year, a little boy can learn to be a fleet commander. It also means so much would have to be left out.

I also wish that the actors would be younger, since a 12 or 13 year old Ender isn't young enough for someone to believe he's so trusting of what adults tell him. Especially combined with the fact that he'll have been taken to Battle School at age 10 or 11!


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