Thursday, April 28, 2011

Summit Entertainment Acquires Rights for Ender's Games Movie

Deadline reports that Summit Entertainment, the folks who bought us the Twilight films, have acquired the US rights for Ender's Games. Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is set to direct his script.

According to Deadline:

The film will be shopped at the upcoming 2011 Cannes Film Festival, with Nick Meyer's Sierra/Affinity brokering offshore deals. The plan is to put the film into production by early next year.


I'm glad to see that the movie is moving forward, but I'm a little hesitant to be enthusiastic at this point with the personnel involved. I want to see Ender's Game done well. So, I hope that this is the right team to make the movie that deserves to be made, not a movie company desperately searching for some Harry Potter/Twilight property to make money off of.

I wasn't impressed with what Gavin Hood did with the Wolverine movie, so I have reservations about how he will be able to transfer something like Ender's Game to the big screen, especially since the darkness of Wolverine' character was whitewashed in the Origins movie and it had a sort of "this is a stupid comic book movie" attitude that implied that it wasn't being taken seriously.

Deadline refers to Ender's Game as "youth-driven series", so hopefully the potential of Summit wanting to turn Ender's Game into a teen Twilight series aging up the characters to teens played by 20-somethings won't happy. But you wonder if Summit is the type of company willing to make a movie with young kids involved in extreme violence.

41 Comments:

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Quineron said...

Agreed. Resumes I would like to see for those involved in an Ender movie should include the likes of:

Firefly/Serenity, District 9, Battle Star Gallactica(2004-09), Moon, Sunshine, Batman Begins, Dark Knight, Even JJ Abrams would work, I could name more.

Wolverine and Twilight (I have seen enough of both) are not titles I would like associated with Enders Game.

I enjoyed the first Xmen movie even X2 but after that the franchise lost its way.

How are you going to sell audiences with a preview that says from the people that brought you twilight and wolverine comes the telling of one of the greatest sci-fi novels of all time....??

I am happy things are moving just please let the right people get involved.

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger Ryan Franklin said...

At first I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! NOT SUMMIT!!!! Then I was.... well nevermind I'm still like NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Summit seriously screwed the pooch with Twilight. They are going to have to earn back my respect. I just wish it wasn't on a gamble with one of my favorite books of all time.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Bartimeo said...

Well, The twilight saga is in the books just the way we can see in the movies so if Summit did a cloying movie, the only guilty person is Sthephenie Meyer. In fact, They made a very precise work and mabye we can expect the same for Ender...

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger tjwalsh said...

I think following up with the shadow books might be helpful. Ender/Bean are definately kids but the others are teens. I do not see the speaker and beyond as being youth stories :)

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger Lizzy said...

I don't know about this Summit fellow, but I am a fan of Orci and Kurtzman. If they stay involved with the project, I suspect they will make it a good movie. I LOVE fringe which they both worked on. And I LOVE the new Star Trek movie, which they were also involved in. Granted JJ Abrams was also involved in both, and that is likely a big part of why Star Trek and Fringe are so brilliant. But Orci and Kurtzman gotta be given some credit. I'm excited to see what happens with the movie. I think choosing the right actor for Ender will be more important than anything else. He has to brilliant. Like Haley Joel Osment brilliant.

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Colin A. Scattergood said...

Honestly, I'm just happy its moving forward. I thought this was dead for so long...While I want it to be stellar, 10/10, I'd still take a decent 8/10 than no movie at all.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Issa said...

The good news is, in 30 years some great director will do a reboot like Batman, and we will all finally get the Ender's Game movie we shoulda gotten in 2012/13.

:) ....

sigh.

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I first heard about a movie being in the works when I was about 14.

A full decade later, I have a hard time mustering enthusiasm for rumours about production companies picking it up.

Call me when filming starts.

[And if Summit does to Ender's Game what it did to Twilight, I will die...]

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Travis said...

Ender's Game is the only series that attracted me to literature as a youth. I am eager to see it developed into a motion picture. I am just as concerned about the transfer as i assume many others are. I too, do no want to see this become a twilight saga or comic book movie. There is a lot of pressur ridding on Card to ensure the quality of this film. Personally i do not believe that just any one can shoot this film, but at the same time i don't believe there are many out there who can accomplish this task or that can take the scruntiny it will need to produce a great film out of Ender's Game. I've waited many many years to see this happen and look foward to seeing the final product. Card be vigilant and critical, we are all counting on you!

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger hexydes said...

Why don't they just do an animated movie with this story? Why does it need to be live-action? 10 years ago we weren't there, but now with Pixar's amazing, emotional films (Up, and even more, Toy Story 3), and even non-pixar films (How to Train Your Dragon)...I really just think this is the way to go with this series. Just make sure you get a writer who treats the story properly (coming of age story, kids dealing with adult situations while growing up) and this could work out fantastically.

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Anthony Marenna said...

We can't forget that Summit did Hurt Locker, which captured a heavy mood and the pains of war very well. It also delved into characters pretty well in my opinion. Many of the qualities of the Hurt Locker are pretty essential for Ender's Game to be a success on the screen, so perhaps Summit will take the project down that road instead of down a Twilight/wolverine track.

I am cautiously optimistic, and excited to hear who they put on the project. Anyone know if Orson has any say about aspects of this project?

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger Duphis1 said...

I have to agree with hexydes. If the right animation studio can get involved, then the natural apprehension to put a child actor in the difficult scenes, including those lacking wardrobes or having significant violence, would give the freedom to express the powerful story. Proper telling will require an R rating. Additionally, without finding the next brilliant child actor, any previous work of the lead will taint the movie as a whole.

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Indie_bindi said...

The only way this could not turn out horrible is if they decide to make it an animated film. Otherwise, it will just wind up being shitty like The Last Airbender movie or The Thief Lord Movie. If they really want a quality reproduction of a children's adventure book, they should give the script to the people who made the film version of The City of Ember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOC8PdK9gSA

The movie breathed more life into the book than any other book to film representation i've ever seen. Including the harry potter series.

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger BeanDelphiki said...

I would only be OK with an animated movie if it kept the serious tone of the book. As someone commented earlier, a proper telling of the story demands an R rating or at least PG-13, and for the sake of the story, I hope they do this...

Not enthusiastic about the producers or director. We need the crew of Batman Dark Knight and a really really brilliant actor for Ender.

The kids must also REMAIN kids, for the sake of the story about Ender's overwhelming responsibilty and to underline the maturity and brilliance of the children.

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Curtis said...

Two words: Christopher Nolan

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Tristan Mahlow said...

Hi everybody!
I got my hands on a copy of the "Ender's Game" Script by D.B. Weiss and posted a review:

http://insight-movies.blogspot.com/2011/07/enders-game-script-review.html

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger The Fighting Polak said...

You can already see that they're going to do something stupid and try to turn it into an action movie and completely destroy the brilliance of this work. Fortunately Card seems to have dug his heels in pretty hard. I'd rather the movie not get made at all than that they pull a Last Airbender on it.

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger Jerry Nixon said...

Oops, typo: "Happy" => "Happen"

 
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At 8:11 PM, Blogger Lim said...

I agree with hexydes, Duphis1 and Indie_bindi; animation would be the way to go, and it would have to be at least the PG-13 rating.

With animation they wouldn't have to worry about aging a cast of children. I mean, come on, kids at those ages grow like weeds, and that is part of the story. It can't feel like he pops into the Battle Room and is ready to command the fleet in a week or two. They also wouldn't have to worry about shooting difficult physics (and noticable cgi in the midst of live-action pulls me right out of my willing suspension of disbelief).

I'd say get someone from Pixar or someone from any number of studios in Japan, who isn't afraid to let silence speak.

Whoever does end up making it can't forget that even though it is ABOUT a child, it isn't meant for children. And it is NOT about the action; it is about states of mind, and the how and why of those states.

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger GuruGuys said...

http://io9.com/5844789/the-enders-game-movie-puts-out-casting-calls-for-10-characters--including-ender

Casting calls seem to have gone out.

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Alan Pieroway said...

I'd like to see James Cameron do with Ender what he did for Avatar. I can imagine Ender with Cameron's clean, succint, vission. Big budget, GREAT visuals, but not at the cost of losing the characters, story, and acting.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Mike Fuentes said...

well, if you look at "a Christmas story" or "a series of unfortunate events" and think of it in those terms, like someone narrating a story, sometimes stating what is going through the mind of the current child actor, it wouldn't be that bad of a tale, especially since most of the books seem to take place on an internal dialogue with themselves, especially the shadow series. As for using child actors, it would be best sticking to the correct age group, since only one of the 4 books in the original series uses a child, and the others use adults. Whereas the shadow series uses a child in 2 and a half books and an adult in the later half of the third book and the last book even though he is only 16-18 when he leaves earth.

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger dogmanto said...

NO! NO! NO! PLEASE, NO! Not Gavin Hood!!! Wolverine:Origins was a hackneyed piece of guttershite that I would not want to watch again if scenes of all my favorite actresses in a massive lesbian orgy were added in. Gavin Hood is a worthless director; an uninspired, vision-less whore. And those are his best features. His directing abilities are on par with M. Night Shamalamadingdong. He strives to be mediocre. He has fallen far, far short of even adequacy in his directorial career.
Hey, Gavin, here's a hint: when making a movie about a comic book character that has a HUGE following, why not think about actually following the decades of well written storyline?

I would rather an Ender's Game movie be NEVER made, then to see it destroyed and warped by someone who has no clue how to properly use their source material. If Gavin Hood is ever made director of Ender's Game, I will not be watching it, and I encourage other fans of the brilliant novels by Orson Scott Card to do likewise. Hell, if Gavin works on this movie, I won't even waste my time to pirate the damn movie!

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger moorlgn said...

If theey do make a movie they should make it Enders Shadow and Enders game combine so they can follow both characters at the same time so people can understand both characters(Ender and Bean) backrounds. this would also help add to the story length.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Stan said...

could Ender's Game not be made like the movie Mars Need Moms? Will this make it cost less then to make with real people? I would love to see this movie made.

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger JR Thompson said...

I have said for many years 'they' should make a movie out of this series. I may be bias as Orson Scott Card is my favorite aurhor, but the Ender Saga,as well, the Homecomeing Saga seam to be perfect for a Lord of the Rings style movie. I just hope the Ender's Game movie isn't sappy like Twilight. Give it an R rating and make it as gripping as the books. KOODOS Orson Scott Card!

 
At 1:21 AM, Blogger ActionWaters said...

Yes! It's confirmed!
Asa Butterfield is Ender!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/

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

It needs to be perfect, your movie.
I am such a fan of the book. You can't leave Razor beating the hell out of Ender out of your script. Can you interest Ridley Scott as director?

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

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At 4:25 AM, Blogger The Cathoholic said...

The Ender series should not be marketed to kids at all. It is NOT a kids' movie even though the two main characters, Ender and Bean, are. And I hope they don't grow them up. Even if they don't produce the entire series, plus the Shadow series about Bean, it should still fit within the author's framework as laid out.

I doubt they will though, or they will not fully explore the philosophy behind the Speaker series. The whole thing with Jane and how she achieves sentience, and where this consciousness comes from, is a direct result of Card's Mormon philosophy. It is a decidedly Mormon POV.

 
At 4:30 AM, Blogger The Cathoholic said...

I cannot agree with Duphis1 or hexydes. If this were an animated series, it would likely be marketed as a kids' movie. It is not a kids' movie.

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

I agree with what most people are saying, the only director/team i would want working on a story this incredible is eitehr J.J. Abrams, or Joss Whedon. If you cant get them, or at least most of the teams that put together their movies i dont see anypoint in ruining this book. its simple enough, i wont go see it

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Gacknoops said...

Odd, I have two blueray movies and one is Wolverine. I also enjoyed Firefly but only for the performers, I thought the premiss was ridiculous. Ender's Game would be best served by a director that understands drama within an action film.
Paul W.S. Anderson would by my choice.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger J K said...

the last hot info about the movie I got- they made casting in new orleans. they already have all main characters (ender himself is not very young, though), now they got juniour mass of children and at the moment they must be shooting already.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger NOLA Spy said...

Some interesting tidbits: I work at the airport in New Orleans, and have seen some casting agency picking up crew in baggage claim with an "Ender's Game" sign. After talking to the folks I found out some of the footage is being shot at the NASA Michoud Assembly building and at Fountainbleu State Park. Also I was told Harrison Ford is in the cast, but I don't know who he will play. My guess in Graff though. I'll keep my eyes open.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger NOLA Spy said...

Some interesting tidbits: I work at the airport in New Orleans, and have seen some casting agency picking up crew in baggage claim with an "Ender's Game" sign. After talking to the folks I found out some of the footage is being shot at the NASA Michoud Assembly building and at Fountainbleu State Park. Also I was told Harrison Ford is in the cast, but I don't know who he will play. My guess in Graff though. I'll keep my eyes open.

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger NOLA Spy said...

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At 3:45 PM, Blogger Prometheus said...

We all just want to see the child violence done right were all grown up nowadays and we can handle it, with movies like The Good Son, Orphan Enders Violence will be seen as a necessary aspect to his character. could be The next Star Wars. With characters like Bean and Ender on they're level whilst Valentine and Peter manage earths future, it doesnt have to stop with Enders Game, he ventures to other planets, discovers time warping, the drama he feels towards his family and the struggle to keep going no matter what. Its gonna be a must see i hope

 
At 1:46 AM, Blogger Josue Alcaraz said...

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