‘Ender’s Game’ Script Being Shopped Around By ‘Star Trek’ Writers

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

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Let’s face it, sci-fi fans – screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci aren’t going to be satisfied until they’re involved in some form with essentially every (semi-)cult TV show or film franchise out there. The scribes behind Star Trek and first two Transformers movies have now revealed their involvement in another anticipated alternate-reality project: The adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

Kurtzman and Orci (or K/O as they call themselves) have helped develop a script based off Card’s controversial 1985 work and are shopping it around to studios – with the assistance of X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood and Odd Lot Entertainment.

Word that Hood had reworked the Ender’s Game screenplay and was eying it as a potential directing vehicle emerged last September, but this is the first time Kurtzman and Orci’s names have popped up in the conversation. Orci tweeted the news last night and confirmed it to Screen Rant via email, indicating that he and his writing buddy were involved with Hood’s adaptation in some form – the pair likely either did some significant re-tooling of the script or merely polished it so it was prepped to show off to studio executives.

Regardless of how one feels about the quality of their cinematic and television output, it’s impossible not to admire Kurtzman and Orci’s work ethic. The duo co-created Fringe with J.J. Abrams; penned Jon Favreau’s comic book genre mashup, Cowboys & Aliens; produce and write for the series Hawaii Five-0; and are currently scribbling and/or typing away at the first draft of the Star Trek 2 screenplay, which Damon Lindelof promises will “thematically resonate” with Trekkies of all shades (take that as you will).

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Orson Scott Card’s novel recounts the experiences of one Andrew “Ender” Wiggins, a pre-pubescent with a brilliant but violent temperament that attracts the attention of the International Fleet (a.k.a. IF) – an international military organization formed by humanity in the aftermath of two deadly attacks by an insectoid alien race known as the Formics (a.k.a. “Buggers”). Ender is selected to train at the Battle School, a military complex in outer space used to prepare Earth’s most intelligent children for combat against the next Bugger invasion. Got all that? icon razz Enders Game Script Being Shopped Around By Star Trek Writers

Ender’s Game follows its dangerous protagonist through his experiences at the Battle School, where he excels at training exercises and proves himself to be a ruthless tactical genius. But the mysterious and unseen leaders of the school remain ever watchful of Mr. Wiggins progress – and have much bigger plans for the boy than even he could imagine.

The original book is a multiple-award winner with a devoted following, but has also attracted its share of detractors who criticize how Card justifies young Ender’s brutally destructive but seemingly effective methods and behavior. It’s difficult to not be concerned about how Hood will handle a less than clean-cut character like that – seeing as that the last time he helmed a movie whose protagonist was a loner prone to violent outbursts, the results were… well, the less than well-received Wolverine prequel.

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It’s possible that Kurtzman, Orci, and Hood have managed to soften Card’s often disturbing and occasionally graphic source material so as to make Ender’s Game more fit to become a PG-13, big-budget action pic with more mainstream appeal – rather than the darker, possibly R-Rated film to which the novel would lend itself. Whether that is the case remains to be seen. And whether fans think that’s a good idea is yet another issue.

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  1. Dillon Stevens as Ender, with David Fincher Directing.

    Dillon Stevens http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dillon-Stevens/178979452146354

    David Fincher http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000399/

  2. I think there have been several book adaptations lately that show movies can be made without changing the story. Harry Potter series as well as Lord of the Rings. I was even happy with Narnia. One example of a failure is Contact. I absolutely hated that movie. They couldnt have made it worse if they tried. The whole concept of Contact to me was what it would take to unite the world, and in the Movie, it is all USA, pure garbage. As long as they keep the main plot and the relationships and personalities, I can forgive any alterations to details.

  3. Why don’t they just use the Screenplay Orson Scott Card wrote?

  4. An Ender’s Game movie that is a tame PG-13 or lower is unacceptable.

    • Sorry Becky but I couldn’t disagree more. There is nothing at all in Enders Game that lends it to an R rating. There is no real sex scenes no need for nudity and the language really isn’t all that bad. Violence in PG13 films isn’t exactly tame and PG13 is allowed to do alot more than you realize apparently. An R rated Enders game would feel horribly forced and they would have to add stuff that isn’t in the book to force it to an R rating.

  5. Im amazed alot of the up dates are shown here. The movie is set to come on March 2013 and has signed Asa Butterfield, Star of Hugo as the lead Character of Ender. (he is 14 yrs old). Casting is up for 10 of the characters and from what I have read, Harrison ford is beign courted for the role of Graff. Id like that. As for Asa as Ender, Im just not sure, but at least he isnt an unknown.

    Ive seen part of the scipt, which could change, but it looks like they are going to make Bean a big part of the movie. They changed it so that Bean is in the same launch group as Ender. The sister carlita or whatever her name was is also in it.

    they will not havenot have Ender in a luanch group, but straight to an army.

    Peter and Valentine will only have small parts and wont be developed as much.

    I also hear Archilles will be mentioned early on as part of Beans development.

    There will also be one new character I forget the name, but suppose to be a heavy set kid who likes to eat. I assume he is the comic relief.

    Petra will be a main character, teacher Ender the basics

    Dink will also be part of Enders training when he is traded.

    The fight with Bonzo will not be in showers, but in zero G room.

    Inmy opinion, they are hoping the movie is a hit and will develope beans characters in other movies. I guess they could also use Ender and Beans character in the shadow series. Just depends what you want to do.
    speaker of the dead would just suck in my opinion, while the shadow series really dwells on the kids.

    Having older kids may hurt the movie, but Asa looks much younger then 14…more like 12 to me.

    Im just hoping for a good story with good music.

    As i read more, ill try to update.

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