With the big-budget tentpole Ender’s Game needing all the goodwill it can get in a year overflowing with wannabe blockbusters, director Gavin Hood has finally chimed in on the debate over author Orson Scott Card’s controversial social views, which has dominated most of the media attention heading up to the release.
Everyone from Harrison Ford to the film studio has already tried to address Card’s vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, and how it doesn't reflect on the film, and now Hood has also tackled the issue in a new interview with The Advocate.
As the studio tries to move past the potential boycotts being threatened over the author’s views, it sounds like Hood is also trying to put some separation between the author and the film inspired by his work:
"Orson wrote a book about compassion, and empathy, and yet he himself is struggling to see that his position in real life is really at odds with his art ...
The story of Ender is really a young person in search of his identity and in search of his own moral compass. It is so ironic that the writer of the work that has helped so many [young] people, gay and straight, to find empowerment, to feel empowered, to find their own moral compass — it’s very sad that he, himself, is struggling with these issues."
As the debate rages on, it’ll be interesting to see how all of this auxiliary attention affects the box-office success of Ender’s Game once it opens on Nov. 1.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)