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#1 of 107 mattCR

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Posted April 28 2011 - 10:05 AM

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I am both excited and worried.   Done well this could be fantastic.   Make Ender any older then about ten and this becomes a disaster.   Finding a kid who can act as Ender at about 10 who can be seen doing things like Killing Stiltson and Bonzo while remaining our hero.. that will be a hell of a trick. 



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#2 of 107 Don Solosan

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Posted April 28 2011 - 11:37 AM

This has been in development in one place or another for years.  Best not to get your hopes up.



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Posted December 02 2011 - 07:11 AM

Well, looks like it's actually going forward, with Asa Butterfield (from Hugo) cast as Ender (great choice, IMO). Release date is March 15, 2013.


http://www.variety.c...&cs=1&cmpid=RSS


Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) in discussions to play Petra. http://www.movieweb....ailee-steinfeld


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Posted December 02 2011 - 12:16 PM

I will definitely be looking forward to this movie.

Oh and just let me add the obligatory "please, please don't let them screw this up" statement.



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Posted December 02 2011 - 12:21 PM

Agreed.. and they have to film soon.   Most important is going to be who becomes Graff and Bean (In My Mind).. but it's going to be crucial to get shooting done in a hurry; Ender is supposed to be 10.   Having him a teenager would be.. bad.    This also means the pressure is going to be up to tender this down.  It's very hard to tell Ender's Game without it being a hard-R.   I don't know how you soften things like Stiltson & Bonzo's deaths..


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Posted December 05 2011 - 08:03 AM

Card has stated that among the cutdowns: "Much has to be cut - including all of Peter's and Valentine's online exploits, the mind game, and much of the incidental material before Ender gets into Bonzo's army." http://geektyrant.co...se-to-geek.html


It will be interesting to see how they convey the communication Ender received via the mind game without it being in the film.


As for the kids' ages: Just gotta accept that they'll be portrayed as a little older. Butterfield will be 15 when shooting, but looks 13-ish. The Potter kids pulled off playing a couple years younger than they were when the films went on the 18 month turnaround schedule, so I don't think it's that big of a deal.


It's also obvious that they'll get a younger actor for the younger Ender pre-Battle School, if needed.


As far as Stiltson & Bonzo's confrontations with Ender - we'll see how The Hunger Games handles the whole kid on kid violence in a PG-13 movie (though they got actors in their early 20s to play high school aged teens, so it's a bit different).


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Posted December 21 2011 - 01:26 PM

Lots of casting news from Variety: Harrison Ford has officially signed on to play Colonel Hyram Graff. Abigail Breslin has officially signed on to play Valentine Wiggin. The "i"s have been dotted and the "t"s have been crossed with Hailee Steinfeld now confirmed for Petra Arkanian. Other casting: Aramis Knight (Hood's own Rendition) will play Bean. Moises Arias ("Hannah Montana") will play Bonzo. Jimmy Jax Pinchak (Let Me In) will play Peter Wiggin. Suraj Parthasarathy will play Alai. Conor Carroll (Away We Go) will play Bernard. Khylin Rhambo will play Dink Meeker.

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Posted December 21 2011 - 02:34 PM

I think the casting may be as good as they can get.  They just have to quickly get to the filming stage.   The casting of Alai and Val is very good.   If the script is good gets the feeling of the book, this could be fantastic.


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Posted December 21 2011 - 02:52 PM

I really hope Orson Scott Card's recent freefall into foaming, rabid batshit-dementia doesn't permeate this flick.
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Posted December 21 2011 - 03:52 PM

I think the casting may be as good as they can get.  They just have to quickly get to the filming stage.   The casting of Alai and Val is very good.   If the script is good gets the feeling of the book, this could be fantastic.

My biggest fear is the director. The only movie I've seen from him is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that was absolutely terrible.

I really hope Orson Scott Card's recent freefall into foaming, rabid batshit-dementia doesn't permeate this flick.

:confused: His recent books are still good (except for the Empire books, which got too knee-jerk political) and he's the same arrogant guy with often very unorthodox views he's always been. He's always been an author I've had no trouble separating the man from the work.

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Posted December 23 2011 - 08:04 AM



Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt 

My biggest fear is the director. The only movie I've seen from him is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that was absolutely terrible



Totsi was very good and shows he can work with younger actors. The biggest problem with Wolverine was the story/writing, not the directing, IMO.


This casting is fantastic. Butterfield, Steinfeld, and Breslin are all top notch young actors. Ford actually fits this role, as Graff is a real hard-nosed driving force for Ender, and Ford if anything, has a presence of stern roughness lately. Contrast that to Kingsley as Mazer the revered and more empathetic father figure/hero, and this may be quite great.


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


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Posted May 16 2012 - 12:39 PM

EW ran a story article on their website I didn't get around to punching into here.. Meet the cast:


http://www.ew.com/ew...0.html#21130758


Filming is underway right now


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Posted May 16 2012 - 12:45 PM

The effects budget should allow for an amazing visual representation of the Battle Room. That's the one part I always imagined would be tough to bring to the big screen - i'm sure everyone has imagined it differently, thankfully if OSC himself is involved - it should be more or less accurate.

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Posted May 17 2012 - 06:34 AM

Fascinating. This had been off of my radar (book and most specifically movie) for some time, though the book was one of my favorites for several years. It seems, like all truly great works of fiction (which it clearly qualifies), it actually gains in relevance as time moves forward. It had been recommended to me when it was placed on the Marine Corps Officer Reading List back in the early 90s (there aren't many science fiction [or even fiction] books on that list, especially at it's inception) and I was a young Midshipman. It obviously still retains its relevance and then some. At a work conference this week, the Commander of the U.S. Submarine Force casually discussed the book and story (with spoilers, presuming the majhority of the military or ex-military audience had read it, but without explanation), mentioning that the key conceit of blurring the line between training and actual warfighting is closer to reality (and desired) than you can imagine. Of interest was the ease at which is was discussed by senior military leaders. So it clearly has full market penetration. The other key relevance for the book is the bullying theme, germane to Ender's development and the society that watches it. Anyways, from the recesses of my memory, to a double reminder this week.
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Posted May 17 2012 - 09:54 AM

Any Nick Stahl in this one?
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Posted May 17 2012 - 03:00 PM

Totsi was very good and shows he can work with younger actors. The biggest problem with Wolverine was the story/writing, not the directing, IMO.

That's good to hear. Hood was writer/director on "Totsi", as he is on this. My problem with "Wolverine" was fundamental; none of the pieces seemed to fit together into a cohesive whole. I spent half the picture staring at the screen asking myself, "Why are they showing me this?" On the other hand, Card presumably signed off on the screenplay and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the on-set creative producers. Most of what they've worked on isn't high art, but everything I've seen from them has entertained me. (I haven't seen the Transformer sequels. Orci's blogging the movie from the set, and he's sharing some interesting tidbits. The visual reference for the Battle School is 2001, rather than something more designed and fantastical. I agree with you on the cast, which is just pitch perfect. As good as the adult actors are, the young cast is just out of the park. Everything rests on Asa Butterfield's shoulders, and "Hugo" proved he could handle the strain. Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld have both carried films in their own right, and they're perfectly suited to pretty hefty roles. Steinfeld's Filipino-Semitic ancestry can pass as Armenian, especially if they dye her hair jet black. More importantly, she's both very tall and young looking; her height will help sell Butterfield's youth as Ender. If the cast weren't so fantastic, I don't think I'd be so nervous about it; it's the very fact that an Ender's Game adaptation will never get a cast this good again that has me praying they hit it out of the park.

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Posted May 18 2012 - 02:22 AM

EW ran a story article on their website I didn't get around to punching into here.. Meet the cast: http://www.ew.com/ew...0.html#21130758 Filming is underway right now

I didn't even recognize Abigail Breslin in that photo of her on the EW site. But the casting does seem to look pretty solid from the line-up of photos.
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Posted May 19 2012 - 04:39 AM

I think what Hunger Games and a few other book to film adaptations have shown is that involvement of the original author can lend a film a lot more credibility with the audience that loves the book; and in the case of Ender's Game, that's a HUGE audience.   I'm just keeping my fingers crossed this all turns out


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Posted May 28 2012 - 12:35 PM

And hopefully Card understands that a literal re-creation of a book is not always the best approach. This could be quite a fun movie.



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Posted May 28 2012 - 01:43 PM

Card was on the set recently. Here's the link: http://greensboro.rh...nders-Game.html


First half of his thoughts are about The Avengers, while the set visit is highlighted in the second half.


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