Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Will Poseidon Impact Ender's Game?

Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon opened last weekend to a lower than expected $22.2 Million dollar opening in the US and less-than-stellar reviews. The film, which costs more than $160 million dollars to make, is currently 29% Rotten at RottenTomatoes, which critics blasting the cardboard characters, cheesy dialogue, and un-inspired directing by Petersen.

Warner Bros is the studio behind both films, along with Petersen's last effort, Troy, which made up for it's disappointing US box office results by doing well overseas. Studios frequently reward directors of their successful films by allowing them to make riskier movies. But will that happen with the Ender's Game movie?

Will the failure of a popcorn flick like Poseidon finally send a message to Hollywood that movie goers want more than mindless action and special effects? Or will Ender's Game seem to risky for Warner Bros after costly flop like Poseidon?

11 Comments:

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Veztar said...

The thing is Ender is a guaranteed success, much like Lord of the Rings or The Da Vinci Code. There's a preexisting fanbase that won't miss this movie. It would be a shame if they were to turn it into a cheap CGI fest, but considering how involved Card is, that would suprise me. At the very least, the dialogue will be okay.

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger GrooveHobbit said...

why wouldn't they do the movie like the books and make two seperate ones?

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Ender's Game said...

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At 9:43 AM, Blogger Ender's Game said...

Grovehobbit, the problem with two separate movies (Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow) is that movie goers aren't going to be that interested in watching the same events twice. The novels are interesting since it provides a window into Ender and Bean's thoughts. But most average movie goers are going to not be interested in seeing a sequel from a separate perspective.

Since kids age so quickly, there isn't the option of doing any of Ender's Shadow years after Ender's Game is filmed. They'd need to be done right away. The budget for filming two very expensive sci-fi movies like that would be cost-prohibitive.

Also, Card has said that integrating Ender's Shadow makes Bean's character more interesting in the EG movie and creates sort of a buddy-movie effect of Bean & Ender as rivals/comrades.

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger prometheanpenguin said...

hey! I'm really happy that I stumbled onto your blog. I'm currently reading Enders Game and I'm loving it!
Was looking around for some news on the movie and your site seems to be most enformative. Thanks!

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger prometheanpenguin said...

hey, finished the book! and i really liked it, its been a while since a book grabbed my like Enders Game did. I went to my local bookstore and ordered Speaker for the Dead, which I know is the follow up. But now I keep hearing of Enders Shadow... So, what order would you guys recommend???

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger  said...

I recomend that you read the original four first.

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger albert said...

reading these comments made me practically smile. Enders game is the best book iv ever read. and i have read more books than i can count. And not those little child books, i ahve been readin great classics; for example from authors like alexander dumas, and jack london, and books like shurlock holmes, and moby dick, and uncle toms cabin. i<3Andrew is right the first four are exilerating. i honestly cant wait to see the movie!!!! i know that OSC will do a good job on the script. i would personally like to play in the movie =], maybe as one of enders jeesh.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger devin said...

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At 11:19 AM, Blogger devin said...

i am a high school student that doesnt like to read much. the only books i have ever liked are Enders Game and Enders Shadow. i dont know why they wouldnt make a film, it would seem dumb not to.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Panda Master said...

Well ive read Ender's Game and Ender's shadow...im looking for Shadow of the hedgemon but i also have no clue what the forth book is called...Help please on that subject...also I believe the Movie will go off with a bang my whole family loves the Ende'r series and im more than sure we will go see it and eventually buy it when it comes out on DVD...also alot of my Highschool friends like the series aswellso Ender and OSC has my support

 

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