Though some folks are planning to boycott the sci-fi film Ender’s Game because of author Orson Scott Card’s controversial social views, there’s one thing we didn’t know — he’s apparently not making a dime from the flick. Zilch.
The news comes via The Wrap, which broke down the contract agreements between the author and the film studio to finally bring the sci-fi classic to the big screen. A film version has been in the works for years, and it turns out Card was paid for the rights to make the movie years ago. At the time he didn’t negotiate any back-end agreements, so that’s all he’ll get.
So, basically: Even if the film makes a billion dollars, he won’t see a dime of it.
Card’s initial deal was signed more than a decade ago, and he was also paid an additional $1.5 million several years ago to write up a screenplay himself (which was eventually scrapped). Of course, he’s still making a boatload of cash from book sales spurred by the film buzz — but not the movie itself.
So, for everyone upset over Card’s stance against same-sex marriage, feel free to see the movie this weekend — just make sure and leave the nifty reissue of the book on the shelf.
(Via The Wrap)