Lionsgate Distances Itself from Orson Scott Card with LGBT Support
Lionsgate has released an official statement to distance itself from a growing issue related to the release of the Ender's Game adaptation this year. The sci-fi movie is being distributed by Summit, now owned by Lionsgate, who is responding to the recent rise of an online campaign and "Geeks Out" boycott of the movie because of the anti-gay personal views of author Orson Scott Card, who wrote the novel it's adapted from. It's a bold move to see Lionsgate responding in this way, but they're making the smartest decision possible and distancing themselves from Orson Scott Card's opinion, which really has no connection to this anyway. Their official statement pledges support of the LGBT community including announcing a benefit premiere.
Here's the full statement released from Lionsgate regarding Ender's Game, as found on Deadline:
"As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from Gods and Monsters to The Perks of Being a Wallflower and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of Ender's Game. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message. Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for Ender's Game."
I really hope this puts an end to the controversy once and for all. It's fine to complain about Orson Scott Card's personal opinion, but that shouldn't have any connection to the movie and shouldn't be a reason to boycott entertainment that isn't influenced by those views. Even Card himself spoke out on how the story has nothing to do with gay rights. This formal response is worth pointing out but hopefully it doesn't have to be addressed again. Catch the first trailer for Ender's Game, and check out their plans for Comic-Con 2013.
70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Ender's Game, based on Orson Scott Card's beloved 1985 novel of the same name, is written & directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition, X-Men Origins) produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of K/O Paper Products. Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, with Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, plus Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. Summit/Lionsgate will be releasing Ender's Game in theaters November 1st later this year.