Salt Lake city held their first Comic-Con this week and excitingly they opened the night with an Ender’s Game panel called “Ender’s Game: 30 Years of Books and Comic to the Big Screen.” With a panel that included co-author to the Ender’s Game prequels Aaron Johnston and Ender’s World contributors Eric James Stone and Mette Ivie Harrison.
With 55 days left until the movie premiere of Ender’s Game, Aaron Johnston talked about how the adaption of the novel-to-film was a difficult process that ultimately ended with a whole new script written by director Gavin Hood.
“First and foremost, ‘Ender’s Game’ is a difficult book to adapt because much of the conflict takes place in Ender’s head and film is a visual medium,” said Johnston, an associate producer for the forthcoming “Ender’s Game” film and Card’s co-author on several “Ender’s Game” prequels.
Johnston’s insight dovetailed well with something Card told the Deseret News in an interview last week. “During the prep for the movie, I wrote 20 versions of the script myself trying to figure out how to solve the problems,” said Card, who ultimately had no hands-on involvement with the film’s final script. “It’s a devilishly hard book to adapt to film, because it’s all inside Ender’s head.”
Both Eric Stone and Mette Harrison are authors to essays that you can find in the collection of Ender’s World. Stone talks about his piece “How It Should’ve Ended”, the first chapter of the book:
“What happens after the final victory is what gives (Ender) the chance to redeem himself,” Stone said. “So I end up concluding that actually Orson Scott Card knew what he was doing when he ended it the way he did.”
In addition, Mette Harrison talks about her piece “A Teenless World” in which she “explores the significance of Card’s decision to write “Ender’s Game” in such a way that even young children are regularly afforded adult treatment.”
“To me the teenage years are those years when you’re the size of an adult and you’re perfectly capable of behaving like an adult but everybody tells you you’re not allowed to,” Harrison said. “I think one of the great things about ‘Ender’s Game’ is that there are no teenagers — there’s nobody that’s stuck in this place where you’re told what you can’t do.
“Ender is a child for a while, but as soon as he is capable of becoming an adult he is really treated like an adult.”
You can watch a video of the first Comic-Con event below.
You can read the article in full at Deseret News.