Wednesday, November 30, 2011

HUGO Actor to Star in Adaptation of SF Classic "Ender's Game"

I don't have to be shocked anymore that there isn't a film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game even in the works. Because now there is! GalleyCat tells us the film is currently being cast.

Asa Butterfield, who flawlessly plays Hugo Cabret in the current adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret seems to have accepted the role of Ender, according to the cast list on IMBD. And after seeing the skilled young actor's performance in "Hugo," I can definitely buy him as the brilliant child protagonist Ender Wiggin.

Deadline New York tells us a bit more about the plan for the film:
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 a devastating alien attack, when gifted children are recruited by a government desperate to fight back. The kids train to fight the seemingly invincible, ruthless aliens on a hyper-realistic spaceflight/combat simulator referred to as the game. 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.

Read the original post HERE
And check out the clip below of Card himself discussing the film during a lecture at Christopher Newport University.


  1. I've been waiting for this movie for 10 years. In 2001, OSC announced that he was "almost done" with the screenplay and that they expected production to start in, oh, 2005. Yeah. It's about time!