Before I introduce the topic of the post, I just want to introduce myself. I’m Jennifer one of the writers for the Ender’s Game fandom. I’ll do my best to keep you updated with any film related news and book updates from Orson Scott Card. Now on to the show.
MTV news spoke with the producer for ‘Ender’s Game’ Alex Kurtzman about an upcoming film of his “People Like Us” and got some news about the progression for “Ender’s Game”
“I’m really proud of the work everybody’s done on ‘Ender’s.’ Particularly because it’s a very complicated sprawling book that a lot of people have tried for a very long time to figure out how to make,” Kurtzman said.
“[Director] Gavin Hood, the minute that we read his script we realized that in a miraculous way he’d managed to distill down the essence of the book and the big moves to a very understandable clear format,” the writer continued. “He had made changes that were I think totally protective of the novel, he hasn’t changed any of the plot, it’s just about not being able to put all of it in one movie. He really distills it down to its essence in a beautiful way and that was an amazing thing to see. It’s an amazing thing to see the movie come to life because it’s such a special and different movie.”
He goes on to comment about the wonderful cast:
“Asa [Butterfield] is unbelievable in it. Hailee [Steinfeld] and Abigail [Breslin] are incredible. Harrison [Ford] and Viola [Davis] are just, they’re weirdly exactly what you imagined when you read the book, or at least I did,” he admitted. “It’s really going to be a special movie. We’re about halfway through it, maybe close to halfway but it’s been a wonderful shoot so far.”
You can read more here at MTV news.
Like we all know a book to film will not always be transferred word by word. So changes in the story is not surprising. The novel is a very detailed plot so ‘distilling the book’ seems necessary given the time limit. Lets just hope that we aren’t too disappointed with the end results being that the story is very different, children genius’ and space school and all the like, and having to be compared to past attempts at being made.
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