Much of the futuristic technology and issues explored in controversial author Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel Ender’s Game have started to become a reality, in our age where soldiers can experience combat simulations through video games (like the characters in Card’s book). Not to mention, how internet culture, wireless communication tools and Social Media have affected the way people interact and gain power in the real world, much like what Card (and others) predicted.
Even the zero gravity battle rooms described by Card are something we’re moving towards, as Gavin Hood – the writer and director of a long-awaited Ender’s Game movie adaptation - (indirectly) called attention to in a recent production update, posted online through an “on-set blog” setup for producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the co-writers/producers on Star Trek Into Darkness).
Here is said update provided by Hood:
Hello fellow Ender’s Game fans. It’s been four years since I first began writing a screenplay based on the classic novel. I love the book. And I especially love the character of Ender Wiggin. I was drafted into an army myself at 17, and Ender’s journey of self discovery – his battles with authority figures he does not trust and his development as a leader – are themes I strongly relate to.
Without exception, every person who works on this wonderful film brings more than just skill to the table. They bring passion. Like me, they are huge fans of this story: of its unique environments, its amazing characters and its great, timeless themes.
We are now well into post production and the famous zero gravity battle room scenes are looking fantastic. We started a year ago by sending our talented young actors off to a “space camp” to train under the guidance of real NASA astronauts. They learned to move in zero gravity environments and experienced the wonderful feeling of weightlessness. Mix in some truly incredible visual effects work and today we are looking at battle room scenes that will blow your mind!
He went on to tease a “first look” at the Zero G training rooms in the official Ender’s Game poster, which you can now check out below (via Yahoo! Movies):
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The orang helmet and shoulder-pads worn by (Ender?) in the official one-sheet are identical to the illustrated comic book interpretations of the students’ Battle Room attire. What’s been revealed from the international military facility known as the Battle School, seems par for the course by big-budget standards, so Ender’s Game fans can expect a loyal-in-spirit cinematic representation – at the least, visually speaking (see: the previous images depicting the Battle School’s Mess Hall).
Hopefully, the final result be a more personal effort from Hood – similar to his Oscar-winning African drama Tsotsi and politically-charged thriller Rendition – and less the impersonal mess that is his X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie.
Ender’s Game opens in regular and IMAX theaters on November 1st, 2013.