First 'Ender's Game' Fan Q&A with Bob Orci on the Production Blog
"I need you to be clever, Bean. I need you to think of solutions to problems we haven’t seen yet." We've been following the production on Ender's Game and now it's shooting down in New Orleans, so what's the latest? Well, the production blog being run by producer Roberto Orci, commonly known as Bob Orci, has posted the first big Q&A on their Tumblr. A few weeks ago, they asked fans to submit questions ("In Dragon Army, Ender encourages input. So do we.") and have started answering a few of them, including some that shed rather interesting light on the tone and characters in this adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel.
While only a few photos on the blog have surfaced so far, and they're in the middle of shooting on huge practical sets, Orci reveals some details about Gavin Hood's Ender's Game movie, and a few hints as to what we can expect. Hugo star Asa Butterfield plays Ender Wiggin, and Harrison Ford plays Colonel Graff. "The relationship between Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and Ender (Asa Butterfield) is key to the movie's success," Orci states answering a question about them "Their relationship is simultaneously heartbreaking and fun." One element I've heard "works" is the Zero G, and Bob mentions it answer another blog question:
What are the visual influences for the movie? Syd Mead or Star Trek? 2001 or Armageddon? Jon Berkey or Michael Bay?
Visual influences? One thing I can tell you is that Gavin Hood is a gigantic Stanley Kubrick fan, and it shows. And yet, in some of the Zero G battles, things are going on that Kubrick never had a chance to tackle. The technology and advancements in film making available to us allowed us to realize a vision that is totally unique and modern while also being, as Harrison Ford calls it, one of the most emotional science fiction movies he has ever seen.
Good to hear, but is this maybe just only early hype? Only time will tell, but Orci answers more questions, including one about whether this Ender's Game movie is being made "for adults, about kids, or [as] a kids movie?" This time he says: "Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR. We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age." Good answer. One more answer worth reading regards how Orci feels about this being purely the producer:
"This is the first movie with a pre-existing fan base I have worked on that I didn’t write. This means I that got the chance to evaluate the material merely as a fan. Gavin’s script made me jealous, but it was also a relief that he had satisfied what I would want as a fan from a difficult adaptation. Also, I have never worked with so many talented young actors who became friends so fast under such amazing circumstances."
Everything I'm hearing about this movie, and these kind of quotes and updates (and the photos they put out), sounds awesome so far. I'm a huge fan of the book and I want nothing more than for Ender's Game to turn out good—well not just good, but awesome, amazing, entertaining, and hell, even emotional (as Harrison Ford already said about it). I'm loving the bits of updates we've heard so far and I'm sure there are plenty more coming, as they're start to show more and more as production continues (follow the blog here). At the moment, Summit Entertainment has Gavin Hood's Ender's Game scheduled to open for November 2013 - so we've got a long wait from here, but I think it's going to be well worth it. We'll keep you updated!