Summit Entertainment, the studio who brought the Twilight Saga to life on the big screen, is now set to adapt another popular book series – Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.
With the Twilight films about to end, the studio is eager to grab up another franchise to sustain its momentum. According to Deadline, they’re on their way with Card’s highly-successful science fiction series. They’ve even gone so far as to attach X-Men: Origins: Wolverine director, Gavin Hood to the project to both write and direct.
Ender’s Game was first published as a novel in 1985 and has since expanded its universe to include eleven novels and ten short stories. It’s was even adapted into comic books by Marvel a few years ago (Something, like a film version, I thought was long overdue). The story centers around Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an exceptional child sent to Battle School in order to defend the Earth from an alien race known at the Buggers.
According to the website, Warner Bros acquired the novel in 2002 and tried making the film director Wolfgang Petersen to no success. “I’d heard that the author, who long resisted selling the project to film, was a very hands-on presence and that complicated the movie transfer,” said the writer, “The studio’s option lapsed and Gigi Pritzker’s Odd Lot stepped in. Odd Lot hired Hood, who has spent the past year crafting a screenplay, in between directing TV pilots like Breakout Kings. While Hood was said to have had a difficult time making Wolverine at Fox, that film posted an $85 million opening weekend and grossed $375 million worldwide in 2009.”
Hood’s 2005 film Tsotsi won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. He’s currently finishing up an effects presentation with VFX house Digital Domain to promote the project at the Cannes film festival. Deadline says production could start as early as next year.
What do you think Blog@ readers? How long have you been waiting for Ender’s Game to be turned into a movie? Does it turn you off it’s being made by the same studio that did Twilight? They will certainly be shooting for a younger demographic with the casting but seeing as how most of the book’s fans are older now, it could cause a disconnect.