Though the book was written in 1985, everything about Ender’s Game sounds perfect for the modern movie landscape. A young protagonist with a special gift is forced into service to defend the world. On top of which, he’s got a stupid, futuristic-sounding name. Katniss Everdeen, prepare to meet your match in Ender Wiggin
And that’s Harrison Ford there as Colonel Hyrum Graff, who appears to be ready to give Asa Butterfield‘s Ender Wiggin the business end of a dressing down. The still comes from EW, and the film comes from Gavin Hood, who won an academy award for his film Tsotsi, and then went to Hollywood where he eventually ended up directing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He adapted the Orson Scott Card novel himself this time, and may have slightly less studio interference, so it’s possible that he could redeem himself with the one.
The film comes from Summit, and they know a lot about this kind of film, as they were the visionaries behind the Twilight franchise, though Summit was recently purchased by LionsGate. As this is the first still for a film due out in November of 2013, it’s very likely that they’ll also follow the blueprint of The Hunger Games‘ success and sell this hard for the next year.
Have you read the Orson Scott Card novels?