After years and years ad years and years and years and years of development and false starts and re-scripts, etc. it's now looking like the long awaited bigscreenification of Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME is perilously close to...actually happening?
Asa Butterfield, currently on screen in HUGO, is locked to play the title character in a film directed by X: MEN: ORIGINS' Gavin Hood. Producers are currently casting Colonel Hyrum Graff - a role for which Viggo Mortensen was initially courted, but now Harrison Ford may be in the mix. Graff is essentially a training commander at the "Battle School" attended by Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, which dovetails with this thumbnail plot description from Variety, where this casting news is also discussed.
Kurtzman and Orci are producing alongside Digital Domain and OddLot Entertainment. The film should arrive in theaters Spring 2013. Hood appears to have drafted some iteration of the script - it's presently unclear to what extent his version will remain intact in lieu of K/O's subsequent association.
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