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Summit Entertainment taps Gavin Hood to adapt Ender's Game to the big-screen

04.28.2011by: Jake Dee

How many of you have read Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME?

Back in February, Jared relayed a missive about various studios jockeying for the right to bring the mega-popular sci-fi novel to the big-screen, and now it seems Summit Entertainment is the lucky bidder. In fact, the studio is looking to do for ENDER what they did for TWILIGHT: roll out a youth-driven franchise featuring young up and coming actors.

According to Deadline, Gavin Hood (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, TSOTSI) has been hired to adapt ENDER'S GAME to the silver-screen, doing so from a script he inked himself. The film will be shopped at Cannes next month. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) will jointly produce as well.

Set in Earth's future, ENDER'S GAME presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the "Buggers"). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world's most talented children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.

Kind of sounds like HUNGER GAMES to me, maybe it's just the word "game" in the title. My guess is Scott Card's novel is better, so hopefully the film will be as well.

Thoughts?

X-MEN ORIGINS star Lynn Collins!

Extra Tidbit: For those who've read both, which book is better: ENDER'S GAME or HUNGER GAMES?
Source: Deadline

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