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Die Romane "Ender's Game" und "Ender's Shadow" von Orson Scott Card werden nach Jahren des Wartens endlich verfilmt...

Nur dem äußeren Anschein nach ist Andrew "Ender" Wiggin ein ganz normaler Junge. In Wahrheit ist er das Ergebnis eines genetischen Experiments: Er soll zu einem militärischen Genie werden, das die Erde braucht, um einen fremden, übermächtigen Feind zu besiegen. Doch Enders Geschichte verläuft anders, als es die Militärs geplant haben.

Zwar erweist er sich als der große Stratege, an dem sich das Schicksal einer anderen Lebensform erfüllt, doch dann wandelt er sich zum Hoffnungsträger der gesamten Galaxis. Denn er nimmt es auf sich, zum Mittler zwischen den Menschen und anderen, intelligenten Rassen zu werden...

Regie wollte und sollte Wolfgang Petersen (u.a. "Das Boot") führen, der aber zwischenzeitlich aus dem Projekt ausgestiegen ist... Der Drehbeginn war für das Frühjahr 2009 geplant... Nun tritt Gavin Hood in seine Fußstapfen und realisiert die Verfilmung - der US-Kinostart wurde für den 15. März 2013 terminiert...

Ender's Game

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[19.02.2012] Deadline meldet...
Nonso Anozie (The Grey) will play Sergeant Dap in the film version of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game. The film, which begins production this month in New Orleans, is a futuristic adventure about brilliant young strategist Ender Wiggins, who is drafted by the International Fleet to save the human race. Gavin Hood (Academy Award winner Totsi) will direct from a script he adapted. In addition to Anozie, Stevie Ray Dallimore (Joyful Noise) has been cast as Ender’s father John and Andrea Powell (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) joins as Ender’s mother Theresa. The three star opposite Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, and Asa Butterfield as Ender. Anozie is repped by Meg Mortimer at Principal Entertainment and Megan Willis at the UK’s Garricks. Summit Entertainment is co-financing and will release the film domestically March 15, 2013.

[03.02.2012] CS! meldet...
Viola Davis, Oscar-nominated for her role in The Help, has signed on for two more novel-to-screen adaptations. Variety reports that she'll play a supporting role in the sci-fi adventure Ender's Game and the lead in the supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures. [...]
In that film, Davis will play a military psychologist, joining Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and many more. Production is gearing up now in New Orleans, aiming for a March 15, 2013 release. [...]

[23.12.2011] CS! meldet...
The Ender's Game cast looks to be just about finalized as Variety reports that Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin have officially signed on. Ford will play Colonel Hyram Graff, Steinfeld Petra Arkanian and Breslin Ender's older sister, Valentine Wiggin.
To be directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is set in Earth's Utopian future and tells the story of a young boy, Ender, a genius strategist, who is drafted by the International Fleet to destroy the alien Formic race.
Ford, Steinfeld and Breslin join Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley in leading roles. The supporting cast is now said to include Moises Arias as Bonzo, Conor Carroll as Bernard, Aramis Knight as Bean, Brendan Meyer as Stilson, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak as Peter Wiggin, Suraj Parthasarathy as Alai and Khylin Rhambo as Dink.
Ender's Game will go into production early next year in New Orleans, planning a March 15, 2013 release.

[17.12.2011] Heat Vision meldet...
The casting for the film adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, is heating up. And an inside source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Canadian teen star Brendan Meyer has joined the OddLot project.
Meyer will play Stilson, Ender’s (Hugo’s Asa Butterfield) classmate who taunted him during ground school in the futuristic film.
The 17-year-old actor has starred in the titular role of Adam Young on the YTV and Disney XD series, Mr. Young, as a child prodigy who graduated from college at 14 and returns to his area high school as its science teacher.
Ender's Game is described as the story of "a young boy, a genius strategist, who is drafted by the International Fleet to destroy the alien Formic race."
Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley are currently in negotiations to join the film.
Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) wrote the script and is set to direct the film. The producing team includes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (2009’s Star Trek, Transformers), OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough, as well as Lynn Hendee, Robert Chartoff and Card.
The film will be executive produced by OddLot’s Bill Lischak, K/O’s Mandy Safavi, Digital Domain’s Cliff Plumer and Ed Ulbrich. Summit is the domestic distributor and is co-financing. Digital Domain is also a financial partner in the movie. The production is set to start shooting early next year in New Orleans with a March 2013 release date. [...]

[10.12.2011] Heat Vision meldet...
Ben Kingsley is in talks to join the cast of Ender’s Game, Odd Lot’s sci-fi film adaptation of the novel by Orson Scott Card.
Hugo actor Asa Butterfield is starring in the pic (Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to join it), set in a future where the Earth is under attack by an insect-like race and mankind has created a battle school to train fighting forces. In this environment enters Ender Wiggin (Butterfield), a kid who is tormented by bullies and an older brother but proves to be a master at a three-dimensional, zero-gravity laser tag-like game. That sets him on a path as a possible savior of the human race.
Kingsley will play a legendary war hero presumed to be long dead.
Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is directing and also wrote the script. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing along with Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough of OddLot Entertainment. Card and Lynn Hendee are also producing.
A February production start date is being penciled in. [...]

[03.12.2011] CS! meldet...
Hailee Steinfeld is the latest name to be associated with Summit Entertainment's upcoming big-screen version of Ender's Game. Variety has word that the True Grit star is in negotiations to play the role of Petra Arkanian. [...]

[30.11.2011] CS! meldet...
Recently rumored for the role, Hugo star Asa Butterfield confirmed earlier today via Twitter that he's officially joined Summit Entertainment's big-screen version of Ender's Game. Now, Variety has word that the next major bit of casting is the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff and that the producers are keen on getting Harrison Ford for the part (though there are said to be other unnamed possibilities as well). [...]

[18.11.2011] Deadline meldet...
Asa Butterfield, the 14-year old title star of Martin Scorsese’s 3D film Hugo, has been offered the title role in Ender’s Game, the Odd Lot Entertainment adaptation of the Orson Scott Card science fiction novel. Summit Entertainment will release the film March 15, 2013. Gavin Hood, who helmed Tsotsi and Wolverine, is directing. Ender’s Game is a seminal futuristic novel that Card originated as a short story in 1977 and then turned into a 1985 book that won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and spawned a series. The storyline begins on Earth after an alien attack, when gifted children are recruited by a government desperate to fight back. The kids are taught a competitive game that’s a cross between the Quidditch matches of Harry Potter and the Jedi light saber battles from Star Wars. Only the best and brightest will be chosen. A young boy emerges as a genius strategist, and the planet’s best hope to destroy the alien Formic race.
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing through their K/O Paper Products banner, along with Odd Lot’s Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough, the author and Lynn Hendee. Digital Domain is also an equity partner. Butterfield, who’s repped by CAA and UK-based Independent, also starred in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Son of Rambow. He was among several young actors who met for that Ender role, and signs look good that he’ll be the film’s star. [...]

[26.10.2011] Via CS! kommt der US-Starttermin, den Summit Entertainment im Hinterkopf hat...
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Director: Gavin Hood
Based on the award-winning, landmark best-seller by Orson Scott Card, on a futuristic earth, only the best and brightest children are recruited by a government desperate to fight back after an alien attack. When young Ender Wiggin emerges as a genius strategist, he suddenly becomes humanity's last and best hope to destroy the alien Formic race. [...]

[22.09.2010] Wie 24 Frames meldet, scheint Regisseur Gavin Hood die Verfilmung voranzutreiben...
[...] the project about a boy hero is now back in active development, sources say, as independent production company Odd Lot Entertainment pushes forward on a movie version of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel.
Most interesting, sources say there's now a big-name filmmaker involved with the project -- Gavin Hood, who directed the Oscar-winning "Tsotsi" and last year's comic book franchise "X Men Origins: Wolverine." Hood has done a rewrite of Card's most recent script and is developing the project as a director.
That level of involvement doesn't mean a filmmaker will wind up directing a film, of course. But for a project that's struggled as much as this one, it's a start. [...]
There have been numerous attempts to get a film project of "Ender's Game" going over the years; at one point, Wolfgang Petersen was said to be mulling it as a director. In this "Call of Duty," war-in-the-Middle-East age, there's a timeliness to a story of simulated battle and young people in far-flung death struggles. But studios have found it tricky to take on the story, which, with its large-scale battles, they deemed as requiring a significant budget and a sophisticated visual aesthetic.
At the same time, Card himself has insisted that a movie not go effects-heavy; he told The Times last year that he envisioned a film "where the human relationships are absolutely essential -- an honest presentation of the story."
In that sense, Hood may be the best of both worlds. The South African's shantytown racial drama "Tsotsi" was a film rife with human emotion (it centers on a thug who finds an orphaned baby). But with "Wolverine," he's also worked on a large-scale production, one with big budgets, big stars and big studio politics. (He dealt with reshoots, rumors about producer Richard Donner calling the shots and then, to top if all off, a piracy scandal.) Tackling ferocious alien races, after all that, may be child's play.

[07.01.2009] Die LA Times sprach mit Orson Scott Card, u.a. über die gecancelte Verfilmung...
[...] "Soldiers, in a sense, never come home," he said. "[Those] who have seen radical violence are never able to share that. We regard it as pathology if they do."
This complex weave of emotions has made Ender especially difficult to film and has resulted in two decades of fizzled studio meetings, dead-end scripts and a marathon director search. The author said he was not interested in a "tough-hero action film" and refuses to condescend to green-screen Hollywood. Card imagines a "film where the human relationships are absolutely essential -- an honest presentation of the story."
"Ender's Game" was recently in development with director Wolfgang Petersen ("In the Line of Fire," "The Perfect Storm," "Troy") on board, but Card did not feel comfortable with the movie's direction. That project was scrapped early in November. [...]

[23.04.2008] meldet...
You can forget your dreams of a Das Boot/Enemy Mine-style version of Orson Scott Card's classic novel Ender's Game. Director Wolfgang Peterson, previously attached to the project, has moved on, producers tell io9. Chartoff Productions is busy meeting with a slew of potential directors for the Ender's movie, which they hope will start filming by early 2009. But who will play child prodigy Ender?
Producer Lynn Hendee was mum on possible casting for the movie's lead role. "We all have our favorites, but it is crucial for the new director to weigh in on that." But she did reveal that author Card has finished a draft of the script and is "already working to make it even better." Hendee predicts that much of the film will be shot on a sound stage. "Ender's Game requires an extended pre-production due to the many visual effects." And by visual effects we hope they mean shooting the off-the-wall battle school zero gravity scenes. [...]

[18.12.2005] Cinematical meldet...
Numerous scripts have been written for science fiction mega classic Ender's Game. None of them, however, have passed muster, and Warner Brothers' option on the title was set to expire this month. However, both Card (the author of the novel) and Warner Brothers say they remain committed to the project, and to show their good faith, the option has been extended for one more year, with Card himself set to take another stab at the script. They hope to keep the film at 2 hours or less, so that it can maximize on box office office time schedules. Card says "We're not doing Gandhi, here. It doesn't need to be ponderous. It needs not to be. It needs to be so good that people pack the theaters." [...]

[09.10.2005] AICN meldet...
[...] I sat in on an Orson Scott Card lecture this evening at the University of Missouri in Columbia. While he spent most of the lecture speaking on his theory that the stories passed down through generations has shaped our culture - which was interesting, he did manage to talk a lot about the status of the Ender's Game movie.
Apparently the studio option on the book runs out on December 7th and he has, what I would characterize as, a moderate hope that the movie will become a reality. He plans to sit down with Wolfgang Peterson after he squares away the Posideon Adventure and give his latest script idea, which he described as a combination of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, one final try. He said that if the deadline comes and goes then he will most likely end the attempt to bring the book to the big screen. Card was hopeful that the combination of the two books will work out the script problems in that the "buddy" movie approach would open up a practical way to reveal Ender's thoughts without any dreaded internal dialouge.
He sincierly seemed commited to coming up with a script that remained faithful to the original material - even if he doesn't write the script personally. Card said that the special effects would be revolutionary, ruling out wires or the Apollo 13 diving airplane technique, and that effects houses are lining up to get involved should the movie recieve the green light. [...]

[22.05.2005] AICN zitiert Orson Scott Card bzgl. der Änderungen zur Buchvorlage...
1. We compress the action of the book to one year, and the youngest of the characters (Bean) is about nine or ten.
2. It's very hard to work with child actors, but it can be done, as witness the stellar performances of every child actor in Peter Pan and Finding Neverland.

[23.03.2005] CS! meldet...
David Benioff, the writer of the screenplay for Wolfgang Petersen's 2004 epic Troy, has been signed by Warner Bros. to pen the script for the movie Ender's Game.
Benioff will work with his writing partner, Dan Weiss, in close cooperation with Petersen, who is developing Ender's Game with the intent of directing it himself.
The screenplay will be based on Orson Scott Card's novels "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow".
Says Card, "Mr. Benioff proved with 'Troy' that he could adapt a long work to fit the brevity of film, while preserving what is most powerful and effective in the original."
Any film of 'Ender's Game' will be heavily dependent on special effects, says Card, "but it's the characters that the audience must care about for the film to succeed."
"I have every expectation that he and Mr. Weiss will be able to create a screenplay that will distill the strong characters and moral dilemmas of the novel into an exciting film that will justify the huge expense involved in filming it," said Card.
Benioff also adapted his own novel, 25th Hour, into a screenplay for the Spike Lee-directed 2002 film that starred Edward Norton.

[27.09.2004] AICN meldet...
[...] on a related subject, I spoke to Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty regarding Ender's Game. They said they did 3 drafts and haven't heard anything more about it. They told me some details, which I'm not going to share, but I'm really happy with some of the changes they made. [...]

[11.05.2004] In Focus sprach mit Wolfgang Petersen...
[...] Listed among your future projects: A long-in-development version of "Ender's Game." Will you be the person to finally move this project forward?
Absolutely. "Ender's Game" is a favorite of mine. It's very complicated. But it's definitely very high on my list.
Do you have any Enders in mind?
No -- that's a bit too early. [...]

[18.02.2004] Bei Fresco Pictures gibt es ein Update zum Stand der Dinge, u.a. mit Kommentaren von Orson Scott Card...
[...] In March, Card will be meeting with Warner Brothers Consumer Products division to discuss development of the electronic games that will tie in with the movie.
As to when the movie will come out, Card says, "It's way too early even to guess about that. The second draft isn't even written yet. And even when we get a script that everyone thinks is perfect, there's still the problem of casting and, of course, making everything fit with everyone's schedule." [...]

[11.02.2004] CS! meldet...
Variety reports that Warner Bros. and director Wolfgang Petersen have set scribes Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty to adapt the Orson Scott Card books Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow into a film Petersen will direct.
The Hugo Award-winning young adult fantasy series begins on Earth after an alien attack. Gifted children are recruited for war, with a prodigy leading the assault against aliens.
Petersen is currently prepping Troy and hasn't locked his next movie yet, says the trade. He's reportedly still interested in doing Batman vs. Superman and is also developing Shutter Island, the recent bestseller by Mystic River author Dennis Lehane.
Harris and Dougherty co-wrote X2 with original writer David Hayter. The duo will team with "X-Men" series director Bryan Singer to create a year's worth of "Ultimate X-Men" comics for Marvel and then will likely move to the third "X-Men" film at 20th Century Fox.
They also wrote Charlie Chan into a Lucy Liu vehicle. Harris also scripted and just directed Imaginary Heroes, a drama that stars Sigourney Weaver, and Dougherty is adapting the cult horror comic Wake the Dead for Dimension Films.

[09.09.2002] meldet...
Orson Scott Card hat auf dem SF-Worldcon bestaetigt, dass bisher niemand fuer die Verfilmung seiner Romane "Enders Game" und "Enders Shadow" gecastet wurde. Die Site "AICN" meldet, Card sei derzeit noch mit dem Drehbuch beschaeftigt. Als Haupdarsteller sei ein bisher unbekanntes Kind im Alter von derzeit 7 Jahren wahrscheinlich. Auf dem Con wurde ausserdem bekannt, dass Ron Howard als Regisseur fuer die Verfilmung von Greg Bears Roman "The Forge of God" bei Warner Bros. im Gespraech sei.

[10.07.2002] Bei AICN gibt es interessante Infos zur Verfilmung...
[...] I thought I would pass along some of the movie related news that Scott went over at Endercon (convention celebrating 25 years since Ender's Game the short story) this past weekend.
[...] Scott is currently writing the third draft of the screenplay, and nothing else, right now. One of the key differences in this draft is instead of trying to focus the film solely on Ender's conflicts (which are largely internal) it will instead merge elements from both Ender's Game and the parallel novel Ender's Shadow. This creates a conflict/camaraderie between Ender and Bean that easily parallels the manipulations and conflicts of the adults that pushing for one or the other to be the final commander. Hearing Scott discuss this is a real treat, he is very passionate about the project, and there was no question in anyone's (at the con at least) mind that it would not be extraordinarily faithful to the spirit of the novels, although it will not be faithful to the exact text of the books. [...]
The other film related highlight came out of one of the scheduled events from the con. Stephen Sywak, a mechanical engineer, and Ethan Hurdus, a MIT aerodynamics student, put together an extensive and extraordinary presentation on the real life physics of the battleschool complete with 3D models and concepts of the most feasible design for the battleschool. OSC was so impressed with the presentation that he said about their brilliant idea for moving from the rotating station to the non-rotating battlerooms "In fact it's much better than any idea I came up with." He then proceeded to put them directly in touch with Wolfgang Peterson and his crew. He certainly knows how to take care of his fans. It would be a real shame if the film didn't use these designs as they are a perfect conceptualization of the school, and as scientifically and physically correct as the science displayed in 2001: A space odyssey (more so in fact, because the school has a non rotating hub for ships to easily dock to, as Steve put it, it's ridiculously difficult and time consuming to force every supply and personnel shuttle to have to spin or rotate to match the rotation of the school, as the ship that docks with the space station does in 2001).

[30.05.2002] Spiegel Online titelt "Wolfgang Petersen verfilmt Orson Scott Cards Kult-Romane"...

[29.05.2002] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Warner Bros. und Wolfgang Petersen wollen die Science-Fiction-Bestseller "Ender's Game" und "Ender's Shadow" von Orson Scott Card für das Kino adaptieren. Laut "Variety" will Card selbst das Drehbuch für den ersten Film schreiben, ein Drehtermin steht noch nicht fest. Petersen soll Regie führen und zudem neben Robert Chartoff, Diana Rathbun und Ted Ravinett als Produzent fungieren. Warner Consumer Products bereite ferner die Veröffentlichung von Computer- und Videospielen zu "Ender" vor. [...]

[20.05.2002] Fresco Pictures meldet...
Since Ain't It Cool News is carrying the story, we're certainly not going to deny it here. The director of Ender's Game is Wolfgang Petersen. The studio that is developing it is Warner Brothers. OSC is really happy about both.
The upshot is that all are agreed on a fairly detailed outline of a film that combines Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow in a way that will combine the most important elements of both. Together, the stories make one terrific film.
To fans of the book, OSC offers this reminder: "The movie can't show everything from either book, let alone both. So there will almost certainly be scenes and even plot threads that you cared about which are not present in the film. Fortunately, the books still exist, and so readers will be able to experience those scenes for many years in the future.
"The most important thing for the film, though, is that it be a marvelous movie in its own right, whether you've read the books or not. And I can promise you: If the film we settled on in the past few days' meetings is the film that actually gets made, fans of the books will be very, very happy with it - and so will those who go see the movie without ever having read or even heard of the books."
We will not release details of the film story, however. Not ever. Not nohow. All we'll say is this: Ender is the main character. Bean is also very important and will be a point of view character, too. Both Col. Graff and Mazer Rackham will be major adult roles, and major children's roles will definitely include Petra, Alai, and Bonzo. There will, of course, be many other lesser roles for adults and children.
However, nothing whatsoever will be done about casting or hiring until after the script is finished. The film's release will not be scheduled until the script is fully agreed upon AND the director has finished his next film. So it will certainly be at least two years and more likely three, maybe even four years before the film is released.
Be patient. The longer it takes, the better it's going to be. And in the meantime, we'll try to get some firstrate Ender's Game computer games out on the market so that some of you, at least, can get inside the battle room before the movie is released. [...]

[23.03.1999] meldet...
Nachdem die Arbeiten am Drehbuch zur Verfilmung des vielfach ausgezeichneten SF-Romans "Ender's Game" (dt. "Das große Spiel", u.a. in Bastei-Lübbe TB 24155) nun vor dem Abschluß stehen, stellt sich natürlich die Frage nach dem Schauspieler, der die Rolle des Titelhelden Andrew "Ender" Wiggin übernehmen soll. Gerüchteweise hat Orson Scott Card sich dafür Jake Lloyd ausgesucht, der demnächst in den US-Kinos als der junge Anakin Skywalker zu sehen sein wird... Orson Scott Card sucht derzeit aber auch einen Regisseur, der das Drehbuch adäquat umsetzen kann. [...]

[17.06.1996] Fresco Pictures meldet...
Chartoff Productions, in association with Fresco Pictures, has acquired the film rights to Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Card will receive $1 million, plus percentages, for the film rights to the book and an additional $500,000 for the screenplay. [...]

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