Ender's Game author says most of the film is NOT based on his book

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Dec 17, 2012

If you're wondering how the big-screen rendition of Orson Scott Card's acclaimed sci-fi novel Ender's Game is shaping up, you're in luck—the author just got back from the set and has written all about it. What stood out to him the most? Apparently the fact that he didn't actually recognize a lot of it.

Card recorded a small cameo in the movie and watched a bit of the filming while he was on set. He says it's definitely director Gavin Hood's vision of the material, and he warns that some hardcore fans of the book might be a bit shell-shocked.

"The scene [I watched] does not come from the book—very few of the scenes in this movie do—so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader," he wrote. "This is writer-director Gavin Hood's movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene."

But don't worry, folks. Changes or not, Card said he really liked what he saw, noting: "The movie Ender's Game is going to look great."

If you're interested in some of the minutiae of the adaptation, Card's lengthy set visit recap is worth checking out. He breaks down everything from the Battle Room setup to the character portrayals, and it sounds like he really was impressed overall.

Sound off: Are you intrigued, or terrified, by Card's on-set update?

(Geek Tyrant via Rhino Times)