Gavin Hood is hoping to bring Ender's Game to the big screen

Wow. It's been eight years since we last heard about ENDER'S GAME! At the time, a baby-faced Mike Sampson reported that the seminal novel from author Orson Scott Card would be coming to us via Wolfgang Petersen (POSEIDON, TROY). That obviously didn't happen. But in the time since, Card had assembled a script draft he was happy with and pieced together a production team he finally felt was right to deliver a good film.

Today, LA Times' 24 Frames reports that filmmaker Gavin Hood (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, TSOTSI) is attached to direct the now actively in development adaptation of Card's novel which Hood has already done a rewrite on.

The novel, published back in 1985, has been trying to make it to the big screen for some time. Will this finally be the one? Is Hood - with his experience directing young kids in his Oscar-winning film TSOTSI - a good fit? Strike back below and let us know what you think!

The book's synopsis (via Amazon):

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Extra Tidbit: What the heck happened to Wolfgang Petersen?



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