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Gavin Hood's 'Ender's Game' is Shooting on a Big NASA Sound Stage

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April 23, 2012
Source: MTV

NASA Hangar

One of my most anticipated films coming up is the Ender's Game adaptation, being directed by Gavin Hood starring Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, which is currently shooting now in New Orleans. While you can follow the film's Tumblr blog for official updates from Bob Orci, we've been hoping to get some juicy info from out in the field, and this time MTV has picked up a small tidbit. While they were on the Now You See Me set, another film being produced by the same group of guys and released by the same studio, they talked with Bobby Cohen, who works for Bob Orci, about Ender's Game and a soundstage it's shooting on.

We already know quite a bit about the project, and Cohen (who is not producing this film) doesn't reveal much, but starts off saying: "First of all, I have the great pleasure to work with [producers] Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci… [It's] based on the incredible book that people have been trying to make forever. A lot of directors have tried to do it. We have an amazing script. Gavin Hood is directing, we've got Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit, Asa Butterfield from Hugo." Great cast, everything about this so far sounds like it's on the right track to turning out exactly the way we all want. And while we haven't seen much besides a few quick snaps from the set, Cohen mentions where they're shooting:

"There is a NASA stage where they literally used to build the rockets for the space shuttle that is now actually a sound stage," he said. "So they will be spending 65 some odd days, about 45 minutes from here, on a big giant set. So that's going well."

Whoa. They're using a huge NASA hangar as a sound stage to build Ender's Game sets in? This is going to be awesome. I'm not exactly sure where they are in the MTV video, but I think that's New Orleans, so this must be a leftover manufacturing facility from NASA in the Louisiana area. It also clicks with what Bob Orci said in a Tumblr post a few weeks ago: "Movie making can become overly reliant on digital worlds, and nothing can replace a well-built set that you can see and touch and stand in the middle of, fooling you into thinking you are really there." I can't wait until we actually get a good look at this huge set, as I've got a good feeling it's going to be incredible. We'll let you know once any good, official photos of the set are revealed.

To wrap up this brief update, Cohen tells MTV, "It's pretty great." And Alex Kurtzman adds: "We’re just happy to support the vision of the book… It's such a treasured novel and it’s very rare that you get an opportunity to work on something like that so we were very psyched." Me too! We'll definitely be keeping a close eye on this project and any other major updates for it. You can check out the MTV interview below.

Update: We have been informed that Bobby Cohen is not actually a producer with this film and is not affiliated with Ender's Game, however he does work for Bob Orci and his information/quotes are still true.

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  • hawk99
    Good to see they aren't cutting corners with the sets; that they've decided to build sets the Nolan way.  Sounds like they're going out of the way to do it right -- big, elaborate sets are a good indicator.  
  • "Ender's Game" seems to be shooting at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans http://blog.endernews.com/2012/02/production-at-nasas-michoud-assembly.html
  • Is that where they filmed the moon landings?
  • Boborci
    , Bobby is the President of our film division at KO Paper Products.
  • Derek New Orleans
    Yeah they are shooting at the Michoud Facility in New Orleans East. 

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