Lionsgate Undecided On ‘Ender’s Game’ Sequel

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From a box office perspective, prospects for a sequel to Ender’s Game – Gavin Hood’s big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s classic science fiction novel – look somewhat bleak. Only a week into its theatrical run, the film has made back a reasonable but ultimately light estimate of roughly $41 million out of its purported $110 million budget; that leaves it with a pretty steep hill to climb just to break even. That’s not enough to doom a potential follow-up, of course, but it’s certainly enough to make a shrewd studio like Lionsgate play their cards close to the vest.

And that appears to be exactly what they’re doing. According to Lionsgate’s CEO, Jon Feltheimer, the company plans to wait a couple more weeks at most before deciding on how to move ahead with a potential Ender’s Game movie franchise. No doubt he and his analysts want to observe and track box office revenue to see how Hood’s film performs as it begins competing against real-deal heavy hitters like Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and make an informed choice about a sequel green-light from there – which could mean a TV spin-off.

Variety ran the announcement earlier this morning, though the extent of detail Feltheimer could give was unfortunately limited. At a glance, it sounds like a spin-off would serve as an alternative to further movies, which makes a good deal of sense on paper; in the novel series, everything from Speaker for the Dead onwards grows more cerebral and less cinematic by the page. Alternately, a spin-off could be used as a supplement to additional films, though that scenario is far less likely, given Lionsgate’s internal discussions about the future of the series.

So, in other words, we’re right back to where we were just a few days ago, when Hood weighed in on the direction he thought a second Ender’s Game flick might take. The only difference now is that the prognosis for that film looks even more tenuous than before, and it’s unlikely that Ender’s Game will keep doing the sort of business it’s done to date, as bigger pictures with far larger audiences start making their debuts in American theaters. (Save for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is part of the Lionsgate stable, too.)

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If Lionsgate uses the next fourteen days as a barometer for gauging the merits of starting production on Speaker of the Dead – or on the “Fleet School” novels Card is penning as we speak – then it’s probably fair to assume nothing will come of it. Whether that means the studio will close the books on Card’s universe or continue to look into bringing their interpretation of his work to television is another question entirely. TV could be a really good home for the intricacies of Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind - though a potential show would have to fill in some of the character gaps left in Hood’s film, especially those concerning Valentine Wiggin.

But we’ll have to wait and see how Ender’s Game fares while it’s still just an individual title doing the rounds in multiplexes across the country. Let us know what you think: is this a movie that deserves the sequel treatment, or should Lionsgate just stop at one adaptation and move on?

Ender’s Game is currently in theaters.

Source: Variety

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  1. Well, I know it didn’t do so well here in the UK and got average reviews at best (with some critics saying the movie felt like Harrison Ford trying to prepare for his Star Wars return rather than it being entertaining on its own merits) so who knows.

    • Hmm, I seem to be in moderation hell, probably Ford’s name flagging up as an inappropriate word.

  2. Personal in my opinion they should come out with sequel

    • totaly agree with you just saw it today i didnt have much expectation but hell it was great i really love the ending what a twist

      • man the book is great and more in depth but ive read all of the enderverse series and i still loved the movie. Hope they expand more on the series.

  3. I think they want to see how well it will do overseas, if the film can make 100m internationally I think it will guarantee a sequel. I also think it will do very well on DVD

    • Well like I said in my first comment, it didn’t do too well in the UK and got mediocre reviews.

  4. I enjoyed the first but im not really screaming for a sequal.

  5. Bad timing I think. Thor 2 is just around the corner, and they have a similar (though not exactly the same) audience and many probably chose one over the other if they don’t regularly go to the movies. Obviously there will be fans of this who don’t want to see Thor, but enough of the general public who aren’t big fans of the book might have caught it if they weren’t expecting anything else soon.

    • Tonight I’m watching the two back-to-back. I read Ender’s Game not too long ago and I really enjoyed it so I’m ready to watch it.

  6. They should probably wait to see how it does when released on DVD/Blu-Ray/on demand. If Ender’s Game has not made very much money so far, it does not seem likely to make much when up against Thor/Hunger Games.

    I would like to see a sequel, and as noted above, see more from Valentine Wiggin. BUT – I want to see Abigail Breslin, Asa Butterfield and so forth, the cast from the film. A re-cast, low-budget television spinoff does not sound very interesting to me.

  7. I would see it.

  8. Unfortunately I am one of those that chose to see Thor over lenders game I just couldn’t afford to see it from a financial point of view I will have to wait for the blu-ray to come out. I really want to see lenders game but Thor was a safe bet for my wallet they should not have released it so close to Thor I would have put it up against Robocop which is already being set up as a failure.

  9. I have to admit I never read the book, so I wondering if there really is room for one or more sequels in the story line? I really enjoyed the movie so I would love to have another one. One the other hand, if the book does not support a sequel, I think it would be best to leave it as it is, a single movie.

    • Sequels
      Speaker For The Dead
      Children Of The Mind

      Ender’s Shadow
      Shadow Of The Hegemon
      Shadow Puppers
      First Meetings
      Shadow Of The Giant
      A War Of Gifts: An Ender Story
      Ender In Exile
      Shadows In Flight
      Earth Unaware
      Earth Afire
      Earth Awakens
      Shadows Alive

      • Yeah the book sequels are….interesting. Most are very different from EG. With the exception of Shadow I think. Its been a while since I’ve read them.

        • This story is only half told without a sequel. It needs a follow-up. And the side-story of Bean and Enders siblings would be nice too.

          I really hope they continue and make this tale as epic as it deserves.

  10. I did enjoy the first movie, not something I’d rush out to buy on Blu Ray but I enjoyed it none the less. The problem I have with a second movie is the ending to Ender’s Game didn’t leave me wanting to see what happens next so it’s hard for me to show any kind of interest for a sequel.

  11. I saw the movie yesterday and I absolutely loved it! I thought it was a very powerful performance, and have nothing more than praise to offer to the actors and directors. Especially because they didn’t sink to the lowly and clichéd level of corrupting friendships into romances. I think the movie was brilliantly done and I will definitely be reading the book! The only thing that left me wanting a little more was for Ender’s face to be shown for a few seconds longer than it was at the end. The ending left me wanting slightly more emotionally, and it could be the abruptness of the ending, but logically I enjoy how it ends, and I think it would lose something if there was a sequel or a spinoff, especially with the actors growing up.

    On that note, are all of the books even worth reading? Because I really despise it when author’s just prolong their series to make more money. Do they live up to the greatness of the first?

  12. I enjoyed to Movie very much but whats hurting is the lack of advertisement. I never even heard of the movie until the day it was released. No posters, no commercials, or any online hype whatsoever. Granted i hope it does well in box offices and would be interesting to see a sequel.

    • Bob,

      I agree that there was a serous lack of advertisement. Only when I was in the theaters to see another film did they play a preview for Enders Game. I was surprised because I had never heard a word about it from any other form of media. I only knew the film from reading the book! My friends had no idea what it was either- Word of mouth from others reading the book helped some but over all they should have stepped up the hype for this film. I enjoyed it very much!

  13. I very much enjoyed the movie. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I hope there is a sequel!

  14. Looved the book and the movie. The movie cut out and shortened and changed parts of the book but it had to in order to fit it into a movie. I was happy with the changes and the cuts and the acting. My husband only read the 1st 8 chapters of the book and was happy with the movie too. The special effects were the most realistic and detailed I’ve seen in a long time. We both would give it an A as a grade and not sure why it didn’t do so well in the box office and reviews. I would LOVE to see the sequels. I loved all 3 of the main sequels and think they would be awesome as a TV miniseries more than a movie in order to have to cut out less. But as a movie they would be really interesting too.

  15. God please no more! If they make even one more of the five books in the Ender Quintet into a movie I’d say I’d shoot myself. Luckily suicide will be avoided as I will just never watch the sequel, unless they fire Gavin Hood and Asa Butterfield. Then the sequel might have a chance at being decent.

    My expectations were set high. After a summer of great sci-fi movies the bar was set high, also the story itself is just so great, that if done properly, the film had monumental potential. Unfortunately I thought it sucked. Both the acting and the directing ruined what little fun the visuals did provide.

    For my full review check out

  16. I hope the sequels are made and released in theaters.

  17. I also hope Ender is about the age he was in the first movie. 35 is too old I think, and I don’t like that it’s 3000 years later.

  18. I do think they should make a second movie if only for the fact that Speaker For The Dead (the second book) is, in my opinion a better book that has allot more going on in it for an audience to relate to. Orson Scott Card has even said that EG is a worm up for SFTD and that is has always been amazed at how much more attention EG has gotten. I love the second book and would gladly see it in theaters

    On a side note, if you are a fan of science fiction Read the book and see the movie. I feel it was all very well done.

  19. I think they should make a sequel. My friends and I saw it because it seemed okay but we really liked it and the ending leaves you hanging so I really would like to see what happeneds to Ender and the world he’s living in.

  20. Seen this two days ago (Australian here) It was definitely on my “too see” list and I must say I loved it, I would be quite disappointed if they choose NOT to make a sequel.
    I think this has a lot of potential and will be definitely getting it on DVD when it comes out.
    Have not read the books but after seeing the movie I am definitely going to read them, always looking for a good sci fi series to read :)

  21. Are you out of your minds?! You should without a doubt, make a sequel for this movie! One of the best movies I’ve watched in 2013 thus far. Not only was the movie entertaining, mind-blowing, intuitive and feels inducing (swears I could not take my eyes off for a second, squealed like a hormonal 13 year old girl to say the least) the actors really did their roles justice. PLEASE please make a sequel. I’d love to see what happens next.

  22. I watched Ender’s Game twice at the movie theaters and just last week I pre-ordered the DVD, which is releasing in February 2014. This movie accelerated the purchase of my new HD TV, which I upgraded from a 42″ to a 60″. I was considering getting a 60″ TV for Superbowl 2014, but after seeing this movie, I told myself that I would need a larger screen to enjoy the cinematic special effects. I can’t wait for February to come around so that I can enjoy this movie over and over again. I certainly hope Lionsgate goes forward with a sequel, even it it “alters” some of the original material from the book. A coworker of mine, who has busily made her way through all the books, tells me that there isn’t much action in the sequels, so they might make poor material for the large screen. However, I would definitely like to see a sequel in which Ender reestablishes the insect race.

  23. I remember reading these books back in grade 6. I really enjoyed this movie and i hope to god they make a sequel. Its been awhile since iv watched a good movie such as this one.

  24. Didnt read the same book this film was made up from.
    the perspective should been from Ender not Graff.

    worst adaption screenplay I seen.

  25. i just watched it on Megashare the film was excellent i would watch it again and when it comes out on DVD i will buy it and watch it again after that. The beginning made me think whats going to happen then as the movie went on it got better and better.

    The end was excellent superb after they destroyed the aliens and then what the boy said after made me feel bad for the aliens as if i was there thats how good i think it is. They defiantly should make a sequel i want to see what the boy dose withe the egg and if he finds a new planet for them and what ever happens after that.

  26. I love this movie and the books! There should definitely be a sequel to this film.

  27. Well I know it didn’t do so well, and my expectation was very low to be honest, but i just regretted that i should of watched it earlier and should of recommended my friends and families wot watch it. I was kind expected the ending but overall one of the best movies i have seen in some time. The movie has the great values for kids to watch as well the all the complex emotions that adults can understand. So yes if possible Enders Game 2 or the sequel would be great!!!

    BTW this is my 1st comment/ review on a movie that is how much I liked the movie!.

  28. was a great movie I’m a hardcore gamer it is my lifeit seems to be that not enough people know of the movie and therefore have not seenthere should be more advertisements please it would be wise to stride to start a petition if there is one I know not of but please there is potential for the series

  29. me again Phillip note if I had billions of dollars I would give a couple million just to jump start the series. like I said it has major potential and gaming is my life when I’m not eating sleeping or working I am on my playstation 3 I put in over a hundred hours a month I just watched a movie and there could easily be a sequel I’m sure you have not had enough sales and like I said before not enough to advertisements there is a lot of hardcore gamers as myself so please try and start a petition I would truly love to see the sequel continue