An Ender’s Game movie has been a long time coming, but the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s seminal sci-fi novel is nearly here. The movie made a splash at Comic-Con 2013, with stars of the film – including Oscar-caliber talent like Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley – showing up in force to promote this blockbuster tentpole for Summit Entertainment (Twilight), which is being helmed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood.
Check out the full Ender’s Game trailer above, which reveals more of the deeply-layered and rich character narrative that Card explored in his novels Ender’s Game and its sidequel novel, Ender’s Shadow.
Check out the extensive synopsis for the Ender’s Game movie:
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
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As stated, the movie features an extensive cast; in addition to Ford, Kingsley, Davis and Steinfeld, you have Hugo star Asa Butterfield in the titular role. While Butterfield looks fairly good as Ender, and the sci-fi elements and effects in iconic sequences like the battle room look captivating, there is still the looming question of whether this highly philosophical and ruminating story – long deemed “unfilmmable,” since it mostly focuses on its protagonist’s psyche – will be able to entice audiences.
Lionsgate struck box office gold with The Hunger Games (a book whose first-person perspective presented very similar narrative challenges), but the fan reception was mixed. Now Lionsgate’s partner, Summit, is trying to pull the same success from Ender’s Game, and it will be interesting to see if the end result was (literally) worth the long wait.
Ender’s Game will be in theaters on November 1, 2013.
Source: Summit (via iTunes)