Gavin Hood Now Working on Ender's Game and Might Direct?
This could be good news or bad - depends on how much you like Gavin Hood. Even though we reported in January of last year that an adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi book Ender's Game had been scrapped, apparently the project is live and well. The LA Times' 24 Frames is reporting that Tsotsi and X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood has taken over development on the film and is currently rewriting the script in hopes of eventually directing the adaptation. But of course, this is still in the early stages and it's going to be an uphill battle for them to actually get a greenlight, especially with Card being picky about the director.
24 Frames says Odd Lot Ent. (of The Spirit, Rabbit Hole, Drive) is pushing forward with development on the Ender's Game movie, but nothing is set in stone yet. The version from years ago had Wolfgang Petersen attached as a director, but that fell apart. Author Orson Scott Card told LA Times last year that he "did not feel comfortable with the movie's direction" and rather imagined a "film where the human relationships are absolutely essential — an honest presentation of the story." So is Gavin Hood the best guy to bring that adaptation to life? I'm not really sure, but I definitely don't think it's fair to blame Wolverine's problems all on him, so I say we give him a chance to win us over again, potentially with a blockbuster project like this.
As a recap for anyone who hasn't read the popular novel, Ender's Game is about a world in which humans face a serious threat from an alien race known as the Formics and begin training elite soldiers in response. Against this backdrop comes Andrew Wiggin, also known as Ender, a child who becomes a top-flight solider and helps to save Earth. It tells the "tale of a boy struggling to grow up into someone he can respect while living in an environment stripped of choices." Many consider it one of their favorite novels. I'm very curious to see if this actually comes to fruition with Gavin Hood or if the project falls apart once again. Thoughts?