We reported on the acquisition of rights to make a film adaptation of the scifi staple “Ender’s Game”, but as many have learned, having your story acquired in Hollywood doesn’t guarantee that the project will move ahead. However, we’ve gotten a promising sign that this particular film will be headed into production some time soon: io9 got their hands on casting call sheets for ten major characters from the book/upcoming movie and has reported on each.
Here’s what io9 had to report on the casting call for Ender:
Ender Wiggin: He’s depicted as smart and sensitive, but also incredibly ruthless. And he’s ten years old — older than in the book, but not as old as Hollywood was trying to make him at one point. There are a few scenes where he worries about being like his cut-throat brother Peter, and confides in his sister Valentine. Just like in the book, he dishes out a rough treatment to Bonzo Madrid, his former platoon leader, when Bonzo tries to bully him too much. And then he feels bad about it. The screenplay also includes some scenes where Ender has weird nightmares about the buggers — and he tries to understand where the buggers are coming from, and what their children are like. Ender is pissed at Graff because he keeps changing the rules in the war “exercises.”
The scene where Ender finds out that his final victory was not, in fact, a game is pretty intense, and features Ender and Graff both trying to talk at the same time. Ender is saying “They came to establish a colony, we chased them away… in fifty years they have never returned,” while Graff is saying, “It makes no difference now,” and then Ender is saying “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds,” at the same time as Graff is saying “What are you talking about?” Finally, Ender is saying “I will bear the shame of this xenocide forever,” at the same moment as Graff is saying, “You will be remembered as a hero.” It ends with Ender getting an injection, knocking him out.
io9 continued to outline nine more characters, including Bean, Peter Wiggin, Valentine Wiggin, Bonzo Madrid, Rose the Nose, Dink Meeker, Petra Arkanian, Alai, and Mick.
Reports also state that Orson Scott Card wrote the film’s initial screenplay draft, which was then tweaked by Star Trek writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with additional changes made by the film’s director Gavin Hood. io9 has stated that they were happy with what they read — solid and true to the book.
How do you feel about Hollywood adapting this iconic scifi story?