Summit Lands 'Ender's Game' Adaptation for Gavin Hood to Direct
Looking for another cash cow to make up for the impending end of their adaptations of The Twilight Saga, Summit Entertainment has picked up the rights to Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel Ender's Game for a big screen adaptation. Along with that news Deadline also confirms X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood will be at the helm of the project, working from his own script. Word came last September that Hood might direct the film and then this past January we learned that Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman would be producing, but the future of the project seemed uncertain. That's no longer the case.
With Summit in the mix, it's pretty much a guarantee this project will move forward since they want another franchise really badly. They'll shop the film around Cannes Film Festival next month to find someone to co-finance the project with them. For those unfamiliar with 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. The franchise has the potential to be something like a sci-fi Harry Potter franchise on the big screen. Definitely sounds like it could be pretty epic. Excited?