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The casting call for Gavin Hood's Ender's Game adaptation begins!

09.29.2011

So they're finally getting a move on that ENDER'S GAME adaptation. Ever since Gavin Hood came on board as director (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) things have picked up.

A couple of weeks ago, a casting call was sent out for the film. Apparently they are still following the script that was written by STAR TREK scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman which started as a draft by ENDER'S GAME author Orson Scott Card. Hood has retooled it as well.

io9 got their hands on the character details and then decided to layout a summary of what they read. They do contain spoiler points (yes, I put stuff in bold so you don't yell at me) if you have not read the book. I will give you a few and if you want more head on here. Go ahead, drag your little brother to an audition. You will notice that there's some new details in the character descriptions as well. Some of this may not even be used as io9 indicates, could be from an earlier draft and not the final shooting script.

Ender Wiggin: He's depicted as smart and sensitive, but also incredibly ruthless. And he's ten years old older than in the book, but not as old as Hollywood was trying to make him at one point. There are a few scenes where he worries about being like his cut-throat brother Peter, and confides in his sister Valentine. Just like in the book, he dishes out a rough treatment to Bonzo Madrid, his former platoon leader, when Bonzo tries to bully him too much. And then he feels bad about it. The screenplay also includes some scenes where Ender has weird nightmares about the buggers and he tries to understand where the buggers are coming from, and what their children are like. Ender is pissed at Graff because he keeps changing the rules in the war "exercises."

Bean: We get to see Bean watching a heavily edited video of Mazer Rackham's famous victory over the formics, in which Mazer fires his nuclear warhead into the formics' exhaust system. And Bean is so thrilled he throws his hands in the air and shouts with joy until Ender bursts his bubble, explaining that the video is edited so we don't see Mazer die. (And later, Ender also hints that Mazer's victory might have had a darker side, that's also edited out.) In another scene, Graff shows Bean and Ender to the famous zero-gravity training room, where they float around with a bunch of other kids. Ender explains to Bean that there's no "up or down" in zero-G, and then they discover their weapons actually freeze anyone they shoot at, by causing the spacesuits to swell up. They team up to go freeze some of the other kids.

Peter Wiggin: Ender's brother is fully a psychopath in this version of the screenplay. He's insanely jealous that Ender was chosen for the battle school, and completely enraged when it seems like Ender has washed out of the program. At one point, he locks their sister, Valentine, out of the room and forces Ender to put on a Formic mask so they can play Formics and Astronauts, which basically consists of Peter beating the crap out of Ender.

Source: io9

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2:53AM on 10/01/2011

Hoping

I don't know. I hope this turns out well. They'll need to choose the young actors very wisely. Card said himself that it would be a big hurdle. I hope it can be done, but it will need time, money, and dedication. I really don't want to see a rushed product for this wonderful story... I'd probably feel better if i knew the changes were made AFTER they had read all the books in the series just so i know they what character developments are being thrown out by changing the characters now so
I don't know. I hope this turns out well. They'll need to choose the young actors very wisely. Card said himself that it would be a big hurdle. I hope it can be done, but it will need time, money, and dedication. I really don't want to see a rushed product for this wonderful story... I'd probably feel better if i knew the changes were made AFTER they had read all the books in the series just so i know they what character developments are being thrown out by changing the characters now so drastically... again, fingers crossed.
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2:55AM on 10/01/2011
*just so I know they know*
*just so I know they know*
8:25AM on 09/30/2011
I've read the first book and loved it. Damnit I need to finish the series.
I've read the first book and loved it. Damnit I need to finish the series.
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7:50AM on 09/30/2011
The book is amazing. It's been awhile since I've read them but I don't remember Ender coming off as ruthless, he has a brutal side that kicks in from time to time but he was generally a decent kid dealing with extraordinary circumstances. BOOK SPOILER ALERT: You have to remember Ender thought he was playing war games and didn't realize till the end that it wasn't a game. That makes a tremendous difference in the psyche of someone.
The book is amazing. It's been awhile since I've read them but I don't remember Ender coming off as ruthless, he has a brutal side that kicks in from time to time but he was generally a decent kid dealing with extraordinary circumstances. BOOK SPOILER ALERT: You have to remember Ender thought he was playing war games and didn't realize till the end that it wasn't a game. That makes a tremendous difference in the psyche of someone.
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6:57AM on 09/30/2011
I'm actually going to give Hood a try on this one, yeahh he made a pretty bad Wolverine movie but that was bound to happen so I'll give the guy one more shot... I just hope they don't go off the rails with the characters, BUT I also know it's hard to make a great adaption without changing some things so again, I'll give Hood and the screenplay the benefit of doubt.


Here's hoping for a GREAT movie, Ender's Game deserves one
I'm actually going to give Hood a try on this one, yeahh he made a pretty bad Wolverine movie but that was bound to happen so I'll give the guy one more shot... I just hope they don't go off the rails with the characters, BUT I also know it's hard to make a great adaption without changing some things so again, I'll give Hood and the screenplay the benefit of doubt.


Here's hoping for a GREAT movie, Ender's Game deserves one
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4:07AM on 09/30/2011
Love the book, but I'm wary of anything Hood touches after how awful Wolverine was. I'm most curious about how they'll depict the space battle simulations.
Love the book, but I'm wary of anything Hood touches after how awful Wolverine was. I'm most curious about how they'll depict the space battle simulations.
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2:47AM on 09/30/2011
I hated the book.
I hated the book.
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6:45AM on 09/30/2011
Is this the one about the kid playing wargames that turn out to be real against aliens?

If so, I'm with you. Read it and hated it enough to not even remember that this was the book's title.
Is this the one about the kid playing wargames that turn out to be real against aliens?

If so, I'm with you. Read it and hated it enough to not even remember that this was the book's title.
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11:46PM on 09/29/2011
Orci... Kurtzman...Hood...uh oh
Orci... Kurtzman...Hood...uh oh
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9:57PM on 09/29/2011
awesome
awesome
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