A film adaptation of the sci-fi novel Ender’s Game has been trapped in development purgatory for almost a decade.  Work on the project has begun yet again, with filmmaker Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) eying it as his next directorial effort.

Several years have passed since Orson Scott Card penned a screenplay based off his award-winning novel, Ender’s Game – with Troy director Wolfgang Peterson being the long-rumored candidate to bring the literary work to the big screen.  Hood has reportedly done a rewrite of Card’s script, with the intention of both producing and directing the feature.

Ender’s Game is set in a dystopian future where the human governments of Earth breed child geniuses and train them for battle against an invasive race of aliens known as the Formics, that are generally referred to as “Buggers.”  Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a brilliant but troubled and at times violent child who excels at military training exercises.  Unbeknownst to Ender, he is actually a vital pawn in the government’s scheme to defeat the extra-terrestrial invaders – though Ender may be too dangerous for his own good.

Hood made a name for himself as a director with his 2005 Oscar-winning South African drama Tsotsi, which then paved the way for his involvement with the big-budgeted X-Men spinoff, Wolverine.  The latter was a financial hit in theaters and should help convince investors that an Ender’s Game movie with Hood at the helm has the potential to become a blockbuster in its own right.

Image from Gavin Hood’s 2005 drama, ‘Tsotsi.’

The central characters in Ender’s Game are all pre-adolescents, so a film version would require a director adept at working with young actors.  Hood demonstrated with Tsotsi that he can handle a story that revolves around troubled youths who are forced to lead a dangerous lifestyle as a means of survival, so the subject matter of Card’s original novel seems like a natural fit for him.

While Wolverine was a blockbuster in its own right, the film was less than well-received by a lot of critics and moviegoers.  The Ender’s Game movie will require some solid visual FX to properly realize the space battles from the original novel, but the plot is more of a character-driven drama and less of an epic sci-fi adventure – so Hood should be working on more comfortable ground as a filmmaker.

We will keep you updated on the film adaptation of Ender’s Game as more news comes our way.

Source: L.A. Times