James Horner Will Be Scoring Gavin Hood's 'Ender's Game' Adaptation

January 31, 2013
Source: Film Music Reporter

Ender's Game

We've got some interesting news to report regarding one of my most anticipated movies this year - Ender's Game, directed by Gavin Hood, adapted from the beloved sci-fi novel written by Orson Scott Card. We have yet to see a trailer or any footage or much beyond a few photos so far, but I've got very high hopes for this. While we wait for more, Film Music Reporter (via SlashFilm) has announced another bit of news regarding who will be providing the score for the film. They report that it's James Horner, known for his work with James Cameron including Avatar, who landed the job on this new sci-fi film. Not my favorite, but he's good.

James Horner's past scores include some rather epic, awards-winning movies. Besides Avatar and The Amazing Spider-Man most recently, he also scored Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Cocoon, Aliens, Glory, The Rocketeer, Apollo 13, Jumanji, Titanic, The Perfect Storm, Apocalypto, Troy and The New World. He has an impressive filmography, but recently I haven't been that into the music he's made. The good news is at least we'll get an epic, fitting science fiction score to go along with what I hope is an outstanding movie.

70 years after an alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. "The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa [Ender] was very close, but he didn't overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there," explains writer/director Gavin Hood. 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 & Roberto Orci. It also co-stars Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. Summit/Lionsgate will be releasing Ender's Game in theaters starting November 1st, 2013 late this year.

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Cool, he's a name. I want to be happier about this news, but I remember his movies more than his music. Titanic was a standout. I'll probably be annoyed if that repetitive motif ends up in this film.

Dominic on Jan 31, 2013



Fidel Reyes on Jan 31, 2013


This film seems to have been getting made for about 20 years.

Carpola on Jan 31, 2013


All the more reason to be excited that it's actually going to get released.

Matt Peloquin on Feb 1, 2013


To quote Alex Billington, "Not my favorite, but he's good"....."recently I haven't been that into the music he's made" Wow! what a riveting piece of journalism that is. Full of biased irrelevance. How ignorant and completely dismissive you sound. I really don't care if your reaction to this is......'it's my opinion' or 'we all have different tastes' etc. I take offense to the contemptuous tone and the fact that you disrespect a man that has been working in the film industry for over 40 years! having produced some of the most popular and memorable pieces of music in film history.

Zax on Jan 31, 2013


haters gonna hate!

syntaxterror on Jan 31, 2013


Sorry, but I expected this kind of response. I get it, he's a great composer, but I'm just not a fan of him anymore. Only my opinion!

Alex Billington on Feb 1, 2013


Hehe. I have an idea, link those Spotify widgets on the site? So when you talk about a composer, we can click on that widget, and it takes us to a playlist of a selection of, say James Horner on Spotify. It might not be too common today to see one of those widgets or what to call them, but they will be. Soon.

David Banner on Feb 2, 2013


That's a good suggestion! Got any good links for James Horner I can add to this one? I'll see what I can do - thanks!

Alex Billington on Feb 2, 2013


James Horner has created some iconic music over a long career. His earlier output is fantastic (Star Trek: TWOK being a particular favorite). Unfortunately, he's probably the king of recyclers when it comes to movie scores.

castingcouch on Feb 2, 2013


Hope he doesn't self-plagiarize the Avatar score.

A Twit on Feb 2, 2013


I wonder if he is going to use his famous motif

enterprise-psi on Feb 3, 2013

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