Remember that film adaptation of Ender's Game that landed at Summit Entertainment? The creator of the classic sci-fi series, Orson Scott Card, recently dished on the movie in response to one web site's wishes for the flick ... and he had a lot to say.
In an e-mail to Geektyrant, Card explained that the film will have to deviate a lot from the book in order become a good movie. "As long as the character of Ender himself, with his relationships with other kids, is in the movie, it will still be Ender's Game to my own satisfaction and the satisfaction of the fans."
The reasons the author points out for the major deviations from the book are very clear and come from a guy who understands the difference in between the two media.
"... All the important information about Ender's motives comes from internal monologue—his thoughts ... voiceovers are loathsome."
The other biggest issue the book creates for the film version is length. Things like the online exploits of Peter and Valentine, the mind game and "the incidental material before Ender gets into Bonzo's army" will, according to the author, most likely get cut in the adaptation from book to script.
Card went on to say in his email to the site that whoever plays Ender will most certainly be an unknown. We'll see what the producers and the studio think of that. Star Trek writers and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are attached as producers on the movie, with Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) directing.
What do you think? Is Card's confidence well placed? Will Ender's Game finally bring the Buggers to the big screen?