Studio defends Ender's Game against Orson Scott Card controversy

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Jul 12, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

As the social debate rages around Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card, the studio has responded to all the bad buzz and threatened boycotts for the sci-fi tentpole.

Card, who authored the 1985 young adult sci-fi novel that inspired the film, is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage — and has brought himself and the film under fire for those beliefs. The studio has already dropped him from the promo session at San Diego Comic-Con, but that hasn't done much to cool the situation.

Despite a statement from Card trying to differentiate his personal beliefs from the book and movie, a contingent of fans are still calling for a full-scale boycott of the movie.

In an effort to dampen the flames, Lionsgate Entertainment has put out a statement denouncing Card’s personal beliefs and reiterating that his modern social opinions have nothing to do with the movie. The studio has also pledged to host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game to support LGBT causes.

Here’s the studio’s statement:

“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.”

-Lionsgate Entertainment

With a few months left to go until the film’s Nov. 1 release date, Lionsgate still has some time to try and quell the controversy and get folks to actually focus on the movie. It’ll be interesting to see if this latest effort has the desired effect. 

(Via Entertainment Weekly)