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Boborci Has Himself An ENDER'S GAME Production Blog!!


Merrick here...

Roberto Orci, known 'round here as Talkbacker Boborci from STAR TREK, TRANSFORMERS, COWBOYS & ALIENS, and FRINGE, has moved into production on ENDER'S GAME (on which he's a producer).  Gavin Hood, of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE is directing from his own script, which is an adaptation of Orson Scott Card's legendary novel of the same name.  Asa Butterfiled, the kid from HUGO, will star as the title character, alongside Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Kingsley (with whom Butterfiled worked in HUGO).  

Orci has now opened a blog about the picture's production.  He's evidently managing the blog, which will likely feature guest appearances from cast and crew as filming progresses.  Said blog can be found HERE.  

This is a fun idea and I can see it working nicely.  I hope, however, that this blog will not distract Boborci from sweeping into the Talkbacks to roll heads and lob nuclear grenades whenever he's in the mood to do so.  In one of his recent appearances, an intrepid Talkbacker summoned 'Boborci' by typing that screenname in the subject line of a Talkback three times in a row.  I'll leave it to y'all to try that one again.  

Unless I've missed something along the way, ENDER'S GAME is due in theaters almost exactly one year from now - March 2013.  


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  • March 21, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 21, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by Tikidonkeypunch

    There do I win a prize?

  • March 21, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    I finished reading this not long ago and

    by kingoflight

    Decided to do a final project at college on it, making book cover art and maybe a few standees of the characters from the book. Now the films coming out and is in production i am so looking forward to this film !

  • March 21, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    And the PG-13 debate begins in 5, 4, 3...

    by obijuanmartinez

  • March 21, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Asi explosion in 3, 2, 1...

    by Mattman

  • March 21, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by victor laszlo

    Don't gut the Themes or Essence for cheap gags like you did with Trek. THANK YOU.

  • March 21, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    And I'll start the PG-13 debate...

    by Mattman

    Ender's Game doesn't need an R rating. PG-13 would be suitable. I don't remember any F-bombs in the book. The one major death scene is disturbing, but not gory.

  • March 21, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Here's a typical entry...

    by photoboy

    Came into work today, tore out some pages from Ender's Game to burn, then wiped my ass with rest. Thinking of making the lead an alien turtle.

  • March 21, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    @mattman: That's where I was headed - The Bonzo Madrid fight...

    by obijuanmartinez

  • March 21, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    So long as Boborci sticks to producing...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and doesn't decide to start 'writing' again... <p> Hope the film turns out well, could be a sci-fi classic if handled properly. Let's hoe the Gavin Hood of Tsotsi shows up, not the Gavin Hood of Wolverine.

  • March 21, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    obijuanmartinez, right

    by Mattman

    It's really the only thing I can think of that would push it anywhere near R, but they can easily film that in such a way that its PG-13, I think, and still have impact. But, I just realized something. Aren't they combining this with Ender's Shadow? That one is quite a bit darker with a lot more language, specifically the first third of it.

  • YEAH.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    ive wanted this to happen ever since i read it

    by clarntoon

    Very excited.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Sorry, guys. Ender's Game will not translate to the screen well.

    by Raptor Jesus

    It's an adequate book, but there's just not a screenplay that will work. 'Children warriors' just does not translate. Remember 'Bugsy Malone' with the kids pretending to be gangsters and shooting 'marshmallow guns'? We're looking at the sci-fi version.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I only just read the book, and...

    by TheMachinist

    I feel ashamed for not having read it sooner. Damn near perfect book, excellent science fiction. Also, I think that Card somehow predicted the rise of the internet troll through Locke and Demosthenes.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    raptor_jesus, really? I thought it seemed perfect for film

    by Mattman

    It's a very tight book that hits all the right notes for a film adaptation. I knew they would have to make the kids a little older, but that's it really.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Boborci -- just don't try showing your movie in SC

    by ATARI

  • March 21, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    ^ yeah,i just read that in

    by KilliK

  • March 21, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Killik's spellcheck is having a seizure...

    by Mattman

  • March 21, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by TheMachinist

    They'll ban everything nowadays, for the sake of "protecting our children". Tell me, if your efforts to protect children are effective, why is the teen pregnancy rate growing with every passing day?

  • Like, lots of 'em.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    @mattman WRONG.

    by KilliK

  • Clownshoes multiplying at a geometric rate!!!!!!

  • March 21, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    The say his name 3 times seems to only work for me...

    by conspiracy

    I've managed to summon him forth on two occasions might also help I had just sacrificed a near virgin dressed as Uhura... ...will have to ask him.

  • March 21, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    The ending (spoiler) of the book will be hard to pull off as a movie

    by ScriptCunt

    ... the sneaky move in the book's conclusion is that Ender believes he is being run through a massive, campaign-length computer simulation and only finds out at the end that he has ordered buddies to their actual deaths. How will hollywood be able to resist having lots of PWEW! PWEW! space battles in those scenes vs. Ender staring at icons on simulator screens... I can't get overly excited about a film version of this having nearly the same emotional impact of the book but I'm CERTAIN that it will be full of explosiony cgi goodness.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    icrobob, icrobob, icrobob

    by Joe Plumber

    Thought that maybe if you said it three times backwards. Worth a try anyway.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    scriptcunt..Never read the books, just read a synopsis..

    by conspiracy

    It would seem to me this film would be hard to make given it is about children being trained and used and cannon fodder. Not that that topic isn't super relevant and timely...but how do you film it without invoking the wrath of the MPAA or government nannies to whom it might hit too close to the mark. I think I'll read it over the weekend..., in between beer drinking and GMAT practice.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Boborci Boborci Boborci...

    by conspiracy

    Might not work...the eternal nemesis is a busy guy these days. ;)

  • March 21, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    If they can pull this off...

    by some dude

    They have huge brass balls and are god damn talented. This consists with having actual child actors, keeping the trippy virtual reality game, and making the ending work. Seeing who is involved I don't expect any of that. I would have loved to see Kubrick take a crack at it, seemed right up his alley

  • March 21, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Ender's was a good book, but I'd still rather see Old Man's War onscreen

    by AlienFanatic

    I'm glad we're in a small sci-fi renaissance in film. Having red both Orson Scott Card's book and Scalzi's, I still think Scalzi's the better writer with more interesting and entertaining ideas. And he wrote a crackling good story. Here's hoping Enders does well enough that a Producer/Writer team can tackle OMW, a much better book/series.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Chris Carter's Harsh Realm

    by Joe Plumber

    Never heard of half these books. I gotta start reading again. Nah, Fuk Dat and Fuk the NYT Best Seller List!

  • March 21, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    by AlienFanatic

    That'll get Orci's attention.

  • each time you say it.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by Billy_D_Williams

    He's an uncredited producer on this and the aliens in Enders Game will actually be mutant turtles to make up for Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    alienfanatic, I'd also love to see Old Man's War the movie

    by lv_426

    Ender's Game will be interesting to see how they adapt it to live action. Also, don't forget we'll be getting a Starship Troopers adaptation, though different from the crazy but awesome Paul Verhoeven one, could still be cool if they do the Mobile Infantry powered armor. I suppose that Halo movie wouldn't be far behind if the new version of Starship Troopers does well.

  • March 21, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Card is highly involved...supposedly...

    by Darth Macchio

    That's really the only thing that gives me any hope for this. Ender's Game is not JJ's Star Trek in any sense of the word. There's also the aspect of children - absurdly gifted children, mind you...and how that would play out. My guess is they'll give us Powder without the creepy supernatural shit. And giving us Powder would be a mistake. Regardless, I love the book (the last coupld chapters are some of the best fiction i've ever read) and I'd love for this to be excellent even if its not that loyal to the source - but, with the exception of OSC if he is involved, given the track record of those directly responsible for the quality of this film (no offense, Mr. Orci or Mr. Hood), this does not bode well. I'd be damned happy to stand corrected (and would happily own that correction) but I doubt I will...sadly.

  • It wont even touch the themes of the novel,it will only be an excuse for your typical Hollywood special effects,action,humor and a love story.nothing else.

  • Credit for the joke goes to the original poster.

  • March 21, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I flushed the toilet 6 times and he still didnt appear.

    by KilliK

    maybe you have to take a dump first for this to work?

  • March 21, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Roberto is in New Orleans...probably face down in a Sazerac

    by conspiracy

    or some creole girls luscious gator trap. At least thats what I'd be doing in his position.

  • March 21, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "roll heads and lob nuclear grenades" What a lie.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    He's never ever had a clever riposte, or effective putdown. Most of his posts are equivalent to a "I know you are, but what am I?"

  • March 21, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Asimovlives Asimovlives Asimovlives


    Well, if we're going to summon Bob Orci, then we may as well summon his greatest nemesis too...

  • March 21, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    christian_bale_trashed_my_lights ...Bob and Asi..

    by conspiracy

    I feel a bit like Henry Kissinger with those I can walk between the two camps freely. ...if I could just get them to sit down and talk...there might grow a great affection between them. Or they'd try to put a shiv into each other...either way, great entertainment.

  • March 21, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Hey! I was the first TBer to summon Orci in the

    by Dingbatty

    manner of Beetlejuice:

  • March 21, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Well, attempt to summon, at least.

    by Dingbatty

  • March 21, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I can't believe someone mentioned Powder

    by Brank Hud

    That film had almost completely exited my conscious mind. Powder! Good grief.

  • March 21, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Now, to properly summon Bob Orci

    by Brank Hud

    one must watch Star Trek in reverse whilst taking a dump on a group photo of Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy. Works like a charm!

  • March 21, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    As for the book that is Ender's Game

    by Brank Hud

    I found it wonderful when I was its target audience, and now that a film is going into production I may have to read it again. I think I also read one of the sequels, but there are three or four, aren't there? Anyway, I think I'll read it again. Right now, strangely enough, I am reading another piece of YA lit -- Hunger Games. That's more to do with the fact that my little sibs think it's so great, and forced it onto my Kobo. But you know what? Sometimes it's good to keep a finger on the pulse of youth culture. It explains things.

  • March 21, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    SPOILER CHECK: This has nothing to do with ............

    by drewzor

    This book has nothing to do with kids being trained to be fodder, or him sending his buddies to their deaths as people above have stated. The children are being trained just so they can identify children that have the gift of being superior commanders. The people sent to their deaths do not know Ender, nor does he know them. They are not his buiddies. They are a fleet of ships that was launched shortly after the last Bugger War well before Ender was born.

  • March 21, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by drewzor

    There are a few sequels to Ender's Game, as well as a set of companion novels that center around a different character from that book, Bean. The first in the series is called Ender's Shadow.

  • March 21, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    God Bless you, Ender.

    by Anthony Torchia

    I read this years ago, loved it. What loner geek isn't secretly that kid? I hope the movie rocks. I think General Razor Mackham (Mazor Rackham?) or whoever the hell he was said the God bless you line. Gods, it's been a long time, my memory may not even be close. Here's to 30 years of clean living, uh, and obvious lies.

  • really doesn't justify an R rating. SPOILER-maybe: It will be easy for them to do the scene justice with Ender wearing shorts. He walks into the bathroom, turns all the showers on hot, takes off his shirt puts soap all over his arms and chest, and just as the audience is wondering what the hell he's doing, he wipes the condensation from the mirror to reveal Bonzo and his gang. Bonzo doesn't have to even have his shirt off. Plus, he'll be dead on his feet in about 38 seconds.

  • March 21, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    You guys have it all wrong...

    by Mono

    Flushing the toilet three times doesn't summon Boborci. That's how you make Boborci disappear.

  • ***SPOILER*** The only reason Ender wins the final battle is because his adult trainers have manipulated Ender into thinking he should try to show the Generals in the audience what would happen if he sends his forces in with wild abandon in a simulation. Ender is conducting the final battle thinking it is a simulation, a simulation that he can prove to everyone that fighting is not the way. The brilliant/ironic ending is that Ender's simulation commands are actually being used in real time as the REAL commands of the REAL final battle and the final battle is a SUCCESS. You can't show the "EPIC FINAL BATTLE" without betraying the point of the novel in the process. Ender's Game is 99% like Lord of the Flies but for some reason everyone wants to make it the Star Wars Prequels. The above is the "point" of the book, please do not miss this if you insist on making a movie. Millions of kids have no idea what the book "I Am Legend" is about due to crappy screen writing. BE DIFFERENT!!! thanks.

  • March 21, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Hiya! Appreciate all your wonderful insights!

    by Boborci

  • March 21, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    So before we degenerate

    by Boborci

    Into telling each other exactly what we should do with our mothers, any real questions?

  • It's definitely a tough adaptation. Good luck! See you Earth-side soon, Ender!

  • March 21, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Helloooooooooooooo bob orci

    by ajit maholtra

    I am ajit. From where are you?

  • March 21, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    dioxholster_ghost (spoilers)

    by dixieflyer

    I respect your stance but completely disagree. The entire book is Ender being manipulated by the adults without the reader and Ender understanding why. Letting the reader/audience in on the battle before it is revealed to Ender is like telling Brad Pitt's character in SE7EN what is in the "Box" before Kevin Spacey's master plan is in place.

  • March 21, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Please don't use the singularity effect...

    by DocOpticus

    That was used in Star Trek when Ender *bleeps* the *bleepers*. It was a cool effect but I see it different.

  • March 21, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    dioxholsters_ghost, I like that take

    by bah

    I've been worried that the audience new to the story would come out of the movie too focused on how obvious the "twist ending" was. The filmmakers would do well to take that out of it and not try to hide it. Even though that twist is nowhere near the "point" of the book. Nor is the revelation of the battle the biggest twist (revealing the deaths of certain characters was far more shocking and unsettling to me).

  • March 21, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    dioxholter host (spollers)

    by dixieflyer

    and remember the enormity of "WHAT WAS IN THE BOX" in Se7en was that it was not reveled to Brad Pitt and the Audience until the masterstroke was complete. That gives the reveal so much more power and that power is the thing people remember for years and years. Holding out on informing Ender and the Audience about the final battle is ESSENTIAL : )

  • The book is primarily about nurture struggling to overcome nature (Ender doesn't want to be Peter but doesn't know if he can avoid it, especially when people are trying to force him). It's also about the power of communication (Locke and Demosthenes) and the lack thereof (the humans and the formics).

  • March 21, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Yo, merrick! Dont forget Hawaii 5-0;)

    by Boborci

  • I can only ask: why does that mom hate our troops?

  • March 21, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    to bah the "point"

    by dixieflyer

    I agreed with everything you say about what is the point of the book. I guess I should have said the final battle is the conclusion of that point.

  • March 21, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Ajit - u asking where i am from?

    by Boborci

  • March 21, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    dioxholster ghost (spoilers)

    by dixieflyer

    but if you show Ender whimsically throwing real people to their deaths, even if Ender does not know it, the audience will be repulsed by Ender's actions vs sympathizing with Ender because they only know what Ender knows.

  • March 21, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Bob! Did you axe the Commies?

    by Zardoz

    Who are the Earthly enemies? Hegemony and Russia? Warsaw Pact? Are you doing that as is, or re-inventing/changing it?

  • March 21, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    When adapting something so beloved

    by Boborci

    You gotta make sure you keep the soul of it intact while doing what is necessary to translate to live action. I know thats not much of an answer, but i can tell you that we are treating the book preciously.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    So that's a no, then?

    by Zardoz

  • March 21, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    /Shurg.. It really does not matter......

    by dixieflyer

    If the movie is marketed well and there are stars in it and stuff happens and bug worlds blow up, then this move will make a bagillion monies. At the end of the day there are probably 1000ish people that are super passionate about Ender's Game, and that is not who this movie will be made for. But I thank aintitcool for giving me a place to voice my thoughts as a "super passionate" Ender's Game fan.

  • ... Till he dies? Its not essential I guess but famed if that doesn't set the tone. Seriously though dont I Am Legend this and totally negate the point of the story because focus testers were not into the ending.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I need to clarify that.....

    by dixieflyer

    I meant to say "1000ish people that are super passionate Ender's Game and think like me!

  • March 21, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Dixie - have a little faith!

    by Boborci

  • March 21, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Movies are not Books!!

    by kele nitoto

    Please don't under-estimate / Talk down to your audience. I am firmly in the camp that this movie will fail without very smart handling. The climax of this story is an emotional climax. The Action Climax happens with the Dragon Army. Remember that they are supposed to be geniuses.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I just tried it 3 times in a mirror...

    by gotilk

    Asimovlives showed up with a fully written Trek re-boot. It's not bad. Season 3 gets a little slow, but the part where they go back and save Vulcan is fun. There's a redshirt on the show though named Bob that fate is not nice to, and at the end of season 4 he's nothing but a hardened chunk of flesh plugged into the holodeck. Not very nice, Asi.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Cool, dixieflyer

    by bah

    It's the climax, yes. Or like kelenitoto says, it's the Action climax.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    You got the kid from Hugo?

    by gotilk

    Score! He was great. Looking forward to following the production blog and watching the fireworks here. I have a good feeling about this movie, and I'm sure that will cause me some hate. Oh well.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    The real emotional core to me was the very end

    by Zardoz

    When he discovers the Queen egg, with which to re-populate the benign species that he destroyed. (Such an awesome reveal of the Giant's body and the rest of his dreams/nightmares made real, as a method of communication to Ender.) Do it right and there won't be a dry-eye in the house!

  • March 21, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    When I think of quailty movies, I always think of...

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Roberto Orci and Gavin Hood

  • March 21, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST

    So, PG-13?

    by Zardoz

    I think that's appropriate. Especially if you go with the 2 human murders that Ender does in the book...

  • March 21, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Zardof - most likely. Dont quote me.

    by Boborci

  • March 21, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Boborci - welcome back!

    by Ryan Fink

    What can you tell us about how the adaptation may or may not drop in clues to the other stories that involve Bean? Is adapting other book's in the series in the plan, once Ender's kicks box office ass, of course?

  • March 21, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Yes boborci

    by ajit maholtra

    From where are you?

  • March 21, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Finky - sequels are tricky

    by Boborci

    For one, we never like to cont on sequels until they hach. On the other hand, card has written so much awesome material in this universe that there is much to figure out. Hope we get the chance.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    boborci - sequels

    by Ryan Fink

    First off, just want to say how awesome it is that you actually visit occasionally and interact with folks like this. Thanks for the response, totally makes sense. If you can adapt TF to the screen in the bombastic, but obviously successful way you did, I'm Ender's should come out great. Out of curiosity, how involved is Card in the story or production, if at all? Look forward to keeping up with the new blog.

  • March 21, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    PS - boborci

    by Ryan Fink

    Would be HONORED to have your feedback on the first Act of a screenplay I've been working on (and am currently rewriting again). Please? : ) Story is about a US Army officer hunting down missing Nazi treasure in the chaotic early days of Occupied Germany. Indiana Jones meets LA Confidential.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    I have faith this will be a good film, but...

    by Captain Mal

    ... I can't imagine how any sequels would work. The direct sequels to Ender's Game were completely different sorts of books, and I don't know if audiences could handle such a drastic departure from the tone of the original. On the other hand, the Bean story would make a great follow-up (and I don't think that sort of thing has ever been done in movies before), but children age *so* quickly at that age -- by the time the film comes out, achieves success, and a sequel is put into production, there's no way you could pull off the conceit that Bean's story was happening simultaneously with Ender's Game. The kid will just be too old. I guess you could re-cast the role, but will audiences go for that? It will be interesting to see.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    boborci, why you not answer?

    by ajit maholtra

    Answer my question you bastard.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    ajit - clarify your question, asswipe.

    by Boborci

  • March 21, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    You don't call me ass wipe you bastard

    by ajit maholtra

    You are the ass wipe.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Captain mal

    by Ryan Fink

    True (about the age of the actor playing Bean), but in our time when whole movie franchise are being rebooted/re-cast less than a decade after the most recent film, audiences would probably be fine with it. In fact, recasting the whole film to tell a story from a whole other character's perspective might just go hand in hand.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Amit comes from the land down under

    by Ryan Fink

    By which I mean, way down under the intelligence level of a 4 year old. Come on, dude. You have a guy like Orci here and you ask him that awkwardly phrased question. Good thing boborci has been here enough to be familiar with such examples of AICN's finest. Way to represent.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Ajit's mad you didn't put Dinobots into the TF films

    by Ryan Fink

  • March 21, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    finky wrote screenplay about man trying to find treasure in nazi germany

    by ajit maholtra

    Name of screenplay is called The Most Unoriginal Screenplay Ever Written. I'll watch 3 Kings instead.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Wreck-it Ralph

    by Ryan Fink

    boborci, if you are still around, would be curious to know what your process for writing Wreck-it Ralph was like. Did you know much about what story you wanted to tell before you started writing, or was it something you got alot of creative freedom to conceptualize? I read somewhere there are other characters from 8 bit games in the story.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Ajit, I guess you win tonight's hater game (by default, tho)

    by Ryan Fink

    Congrats. Your parents are no doubt proud. Why don't you invite them down to the basement to see your work!

  • March 21, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Not sure what wreckitralph is.

    by Boborci

  • March 21, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    this is awkward

    by ajit maholtra

  • March 21, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Wreck-it Ralph - my bad

    by Ryan Fink

    Thought you were writing that one. It's about a video game villain who gets of his game and into another and rumor is that other video game characters will cameo. It's at Disney according to the " always truthful" interwebs.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    =but i can tell you that we are treating the book preciously=

    by KilliK

    Like what did with Star Trek? ooooooook

  • March 21, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I have no skin in this game...

    by conspiracy

    I didn't grow up on this...I have no emotional nor intellectual ties to this property. I am Gonna ready it just to better familiarize myself with it...seems like a interesting premise. of luck Roberto.

  • we might get a functioning Edit feature before I hit 50.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by Ryan Fink

    Ender's is a great story. Don't let it's original Cold War era of origin overshadow it. Be sure to check out Ender's Shadow afterward if you like it.

  • March 21, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    It's ZardoZ, btw, boborci

    by Zardoz

    C'mon man! Are you f@#king with me, boborci?

  • March 22, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    What's it like filming in New Orleans boborci?

    by Zardoz

    How are the locals treating' y'all?

  • March 22, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks, conspiracy. Dont get all mushy on me, princess.

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I'd forgotten about Wreck-It Ralph

    by gotilk

    Seriously looking forward to that one. That and Ready Player One. I really hope that one gets off the ground and can get past the serious licensing issues without compromising the cultural core of the story.

  • March 22, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Killik - so... Bored .... By your... Zzzzzzzzzz

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    BOB !!!

    by KilliK

    stop stealing my lines you hack.

  • March 22, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    Killik -zzzzzzzzzzzzz....zzzz..fuck you mother...zzzzzzzzz

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • March 22, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST


    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • I doubt that anyone would ever intentionally screw it up, but this is a special story. There is miles of wreckage in the past of films that didn't get it right with special source material. Good cast, and great that actual kids are going to be used. It's something I miss in most modern fantasy/sci-fi films. I miss the days when films like The Neverending Story could capture that innocence and idealism and heartbreak that only registers with real kids in place. Teenagers and older don't, can't have it or convey it. Best of luck in pulling this off. Oh, and if you can manage to avoid visual and dialogue cliches, that would be nice, too. This story deserves its own look and feel. Most genre films these days seem riddled with visual and dialogue riffs taken from other recent films.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    @kevred it would be more feasible if you asked for world peace.

    by KilliK

  • Card's such a conundrum. He's written some fantastic, thoughtful, insightful, downright tender and heartfelt works. Much of the Ender stuff is capitivating in its compassion and understanding of people in general, and children in particular, and takes wise positions on human society, conflict, and peace. The outcome of his book Lost Boys was incredibly moving and sad. And at the same time, in much of his personal politics, he's a right-wing lunatic, with Limbaugh levels of deranged distortion, homophobia, and downright dumb oversimplification, generalization, and stereotyping - a dull, reactionary, downright idiotic blunt instrument, the very opposite of the wisdom seen in his best written works. When I think of Card, I try to think about the best of him in his wisest and most heartfelt books, and how he's moved me. Reading his political columns and essays destroys my respect for him.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Jesus wept, killik

    by Talkbacker with no name

    you are still whining about new star trek from 3 years ago!? It's done. It's out there. Get over it. A lot of us Trek fans love it. Peace, bitch.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by Talkbacker with no name

    I know it's not quite the same thing, but can't help but think Hunger Games (movie) helped in some way in getting Ender's Game to the big screen. Fair to say?

  • March 22, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    @talkbacker with no name You mean Twilight.

    by KilliK

  • March 22, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    It might have informed Summit's thinking

    by Boborci

    But given the psrticulars of hiw this movue is getting made, and when it happened, it is at most 15 percent of the overall factor. A factor nonetheless.

  • You little attention seeking bitch.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    @talkbacker with no name wow

    by KilliK

    you dont like people correcting you,dont you? typical egotistical asshole.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    @boborci ZZZZzzzzzzzz

    by KilliK

  • March 22, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Killik - feel for u even more now. Hug? Its not your fault.

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    @boborci ok hug it is then.

    by KilliK

  • March 22, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST

    haha just watch out for the knife he's going to stab you in the bot bot with, bob

    by Talkbacker with no name

    at least I hope it's a knife. Never can tell with this rapey little fucker.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see the battle school :D

    by kingoflight

    /end of line

  • March 22, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Dammit, Boborci, just gimmie one spoiler, please!

    by Al

    It doesn't even have to be about Star Trek, it can be about anything. Really. I already know that Ender was actually fighting a real war, Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father, it was his sled, Platrow's head is in the box, Bruce Willis was really a ghost, it was Earth all along, Tyler Durden is all in his head, and that I'm going to die alone. Anything aside from that. Thanks.

  • I mean, absolutely nothing anyone says here will have any influence whatsoever over what's in the movie, casting choices, shooting locations, sequels, murders, etc. but to front up and be honest about things like potential rating.... Pretty good in my book. I'm lucky that I live in Wellington and am neighbours with some fine people working on the hobbit, so get this kind of insight in the flesh. Good to see more movie folk reaching out across other mediums.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I Think Bob Orci Is A Computer Hologram


    Created by JJ Abrams. It'll all be revealed in the season finale of... TALKBACK.

  • March 22, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Please allow me to pitch you my movie, Bob..

    by The_Dark_Shite

    4 women move into a house together, eventually achieving a state of synchronised menstraution, at which point they PMS & murder each other in the face. Hilarity ensues. <p> It's called "Red matter".

  • March 22, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    At least dark_shite's movie idea is original

    by ajit maholtra

    This finky is copying 3 Kings movie, but changing Gulf War to WWII, but everything else is same. So stupid.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Friend recommended this book to me years ago...

    by OptimusBob

    ...sounds like a good premise; original and interesting. Well its off to amazon for me to pop this on the kindle.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    ...and good luck with the production Boborci.

    by OptimusBob

  • There's major talent there that needs to be unleashed upon a wider audience.

  • March 22, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Bob, also can you tell J.J. about my Talkback name

    by Joe Plumber

  • March 22, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    And tell him that I expect lots more lens flares in Star Trek 2

    by Joe Plumber

  • March 22, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Zach Galifianakis as Q. Make it so!

    by Joe Plumber

  • YOU're welcome!

  • March 22, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I wonder if the suggested Bean-Ender buddy movie elements are still in

    by David Cloverfield

    It's an extremely tricky movie to make.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives, wakeup and join us in the 21st Century

    by Joe Plumber

    It's ALL about shameless self-promotion these days.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Joe Plumber

    What do you think of my idea about the lens flares being the Q Continuum spying on the Enterprise and it's crew?

  • Asking us to have faith on him. best joke of the month.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    at least it's an explanation, which is more then what jarjar bothered to come up with.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    The JarJarfication of Ender's Game begins!

    by AsimovLives

  • March 22, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    bob orci here is my movie idea

    by ajit maholtra

    It is movie about a man, and he is walking down the street, then all of a sudden, his pants fall down. Hehehehhehheheheheh. Then he tries to pull pants up, then he falls down. Hehehehheheheheh. And whole movie is same thing. Same man walks to different places and his pants fall down. The movie is called Man Fall Down, Pants Fall Down. Its based on true story. Okay. And do nice job okay, dont fuck it up like the Star Wars movies. Those movies are so stupid.

  • Because that would be kind of hilarious, actually. ''Bob: love what you've got here, but I feel like Bonzo should try to kiss Ender and THAT's why he needs to die.''

  • March 22, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    jjsdyn-o-mitelensflares ...thank you, glad you are entertained.

    by conspiracy

    AICN is the one place that perverse, deviant written on the spot short stories about a woman's anal tendencies can win a following. You might also like my ongoing saga of "Bayhem" and Co., those are tales that have been going on in serial form since the first Transformers. However..I don't think those particular tales have much broad base appeal...outside perhaps a Vivid Production. Now my "real" writings...yes; but AICN isn't the place for those, or peddling them. Again...thank you for your praise, and I'll do my best to keep the sick minded Shock and Awe coming as long as Sir Choppah keeps the topics flowing. Conspiracy

  • March 22, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    i bet my soul that conspiracy is working in some HW studio

    by KilliK

    maybe as a screenplay writer or a script doctor,hell he may even be a big name that we cant even suspect.Perhaps a popular HW celebrity artist, a mind of pure talent and ingenuity but also of pure depravity and lechery. Someone who wants to let it out,to expose his real self,his true love for what he wants to write about, but he cant do that in public without risking his career and name.So he finds AICN as the perfect place to satisfy that need of his,where he releases anonymously his perverted works and gain his dedicated followers while keeping his secret safe and sound. I wouldnt be surprised if Conspiracy might even be Michael Bay himself. :O

  • March 22, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I don't know "mushy" Bob; Hell I told my sister her meatloaf sucks...

    by conspiracy

    ...I give praise where it is due, and a beat down when it is required...especially when the people involved are people I tend to respect on some level; if I didn't I'd just ignore them and let them flounder. Conspiracy is always the first to buy a beer and offer a kind word; or tell someone that their current offering fucking sucks and prod them, sometimes with intense verbal abuse, to do better next time, knowing that it is possible. This is the way of Honest men. Now go have a Sazerac (Better now that Absinthe is legal again) and make a good, quality film. Conspiracy

  • I only read the first part so I don't know if Elizabeth Olsen made an appearance, but damn, she's nekkid in this movie, a lot and she's got some splendid funbags and a full-figured body. Not nearly the skeletal stick figures her sisters are. If you haven't seen it you must check it out. A very good movie too, if not very fun to watch. Other than Elizabeth Olsen's ample milksops that is.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Killik...If I were Michael Bay I wouldn't have time to write here...

    by conspiracy

    ...when I wasn't making my next $20-30M you'd have to use a fire hose, or perhaps a white hot poker, to get me out of my 458 or off the bi-sexual, incestuous mother daughter sex teams I'd import from the Ukraine.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST


    by flax

    What are your feelings on the Shadow books and the Speaker books? Do you feel it's possible to adapt both to the screen, or do you think the latter series would be too difficult, disconnected and abstract for audiences? I'm not asking what Summit's plans for the franchise are – I just think it would be interesting to know what you think.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    conspiracy, I would love to see a XXX Graphic Novel written by you

    by Joe Plumber

    I'm actually thinking of getting in the Graphic Novel business now that you can completely bypass the printing/publishing gatekeepers with digital self publishing for iPads and other tablets. It is still relatively virgin territory right now, but that will soon change.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    jjsdyn-o-mitelensflares ...Milksops=Quality Viewing.

    by conspiracy

    Thanks for the tip...will have to check it out. And no, she never made it into the problem is I do this from work, and I always have 20 pages of ideas and story no time to get even a fraction of it down...and besides, it isnt the proper venue for a full tale. Harry and the Mods have been very tolerant of our silliness on here, for which I and many others thank them...and I don't want to abuse their good will by spamming a talkback with page after page of hardcore perversion. A little goes a long way...

  • March 22, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Roberto...I don't think any of us have ever asked you..

    by conspiracy

    what YOUR favorite films are? As a fellow talkbacker, occasional sparring partner, and sometime scribe, I'm curious to know what film, or written works, inspire you.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Oh and thanks for the tip on Sazerac

    by Joe Plumber

    Not a whiskey man. Tears up my stomach. But, I like cognac and have tried Absinthe a few times and had fun with it. I briefly saw all kinds of flashing colors immediately after drinking it.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Into the Lion's den...

    by Darth Macchio

    I agree...boborci's a good guy for coming into what is obviously a razor's den of mindless hatred with the occasional thoughtful criticism.. If it's any consolation - i truly believe that even the worst haters want something like this to work. They'd all secretly be quite happy if Orci and crew made a great Ender's Game movie. Their pride prevents them from admitting this of course but that's not a big deal - at the end of the day, it will either suck and make a lot of money, suck and make shit, or be great and hopefully make a lot of money..or be great and make shit for money (either way, if its good - you'll get the respect of the rage crew here and elsewhere - even if they won't admit it at first or ever). JJ's trek was certainly not utter shit but I do feel Origins:Wolverine was 95% shit (sorry but that movie just sets my teeth on edge for most of it - can't even leave it on in the background <sigh>) but does anybody actually *want* this to fail? No matter how much you may hate Orci, Hood, et al, or how much you love the novel, there will not be a change in the production crew unless the movie gets shelved. If that happens, we stand just as much chance as someone like Paul Anderson (the Resident evil guy) or Ratner getting it but not necessarily a "pet" director like Ridley Scott or Nolan (though I'd love to see Duncan Jones or maybe Neill Blomkamp's take on Ender's story). Either way - we all benefit if something like this is great. Something like John Carter (classic sci-fi novel put to screen) likely now gives HW execs hives and ulcers and if we get a few "classic sci-fi put to screen" films that all fail at the BO, then we'll like not get novelized sci-fi for a few years at least, if not much longer. Which means more banal sequels and prequels and remakes.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by Boborci

    All the usual top tens like 2001, Back to the Future, etc.. On the less obvious list, Sex Lies and Videotape, Tootsie, My Favorite Year, JFK, Nixon, brazil, to name a few.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Flax - certain elements may lend themselves well to adaptation.

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    boborci, Captain Caveman movie, think about it

    by Joe Plumber

    Gonna be huge!

  • March 22, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Will it be 3D?

    by bah

    Because this is one movie that would genuinely benefit from it.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Where can we find these Tales of Bayhem, conspiracy?

    by frank

    Curious to see what kinds of depraved hijinks Michael gets up to.

  • March 22, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    franks_television ...Usually whenever a "Bay" project has a thread...

    by conspiracy

    I don't keep them...I don't know the "nodes" too look for them in, I write this crap on the fly in the talkback boxes while actually doing my Day Job. I chucked up a quick vignette in the Mutant Turtles thread... These go back YEARS;...Continentalop and Abominable_snowcone and a few others used to keep track of them before they left AICN for greener fields...but since they aren't around anymore..I don't know where to direct you. Really...they are toss off way of telling someone to "Go Fuck their mothers" in a more eloquent way. Not just Bay either...Lucas, Spielberg, even Roberto here ^ haven't escaped it when they put out something I thought shit and was in the mood to vent and riff on the industry through a story; although Bob has gotten off easy the last year or he and his partners output is getting better.

  • March 22, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    The Orci takes down Ender's Game.

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    Ugh. Why did you have to tell me he wrote it? <P> Damnit Bob, why can't you and you ilk keep your dicks out of the things I cherish?

  • I actually thought it would work, like When Petra shows her sharpshooting skills.

  • March 22, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Boborci, you mean Card wasn't all Ornery?

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    Since Obama got elected I'm sure he's been quite itchy. <P> The real question is whether this is going to have a real religious slant like his later books? Hah, what am I saying? Of course it will!

  • We've all talked enough here that everyone knows I see film as business first, art art as a happy accident... ...but Friend...2001 is art. I don't know if Kubrick and Clarke went in thinking of it as such...but the minimalism of the the spoken script, the adherence to reality (as much as possible), and the audio visual representations are quite frankly some of the most thought provoking ever presented to an audience in any medium. When I was 15...fresh from years of preteen/teen Star Wars mania...I found it boring, confusing, pointless; 40something I find there are moments in that film where the silence and stillness on screen is saying more than any combination of words or action ever could. On my own I could never imagine such a thing as 2001 without it having existed before as a is genius.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    boborci - Movie combining books?

    by acevedo

    boborci - Is this movie combining Enders game and shadow? Card mentions a script that did this in the audio book for Shadow.

  • March 22, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    bob orci, have you ever watched The Guiding Light?

    by ajit maholtra

    That's my favorite show. You should watch that one.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Have not watched guiding light.

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Forget Ender's Game. Do A Planet Called Treason

    by successor

    <p>I'm in the minority, but I think that A Planet Called Treason was a much better novel. Frankly I can't even understand the love for Ender's Game. It's a decent, at best, story with an obvious twist that's been used several times before and after the book was published.</p> <p>Treason was a lot more inventive. In that book, Card had several cultures trapped on a metal poor world. It read almost like science fantasy and had far greater ideas (radical regeneration, timeshifting, people creating mental illusions) and plot. The writing might have been less disciplined than Ender, but it was a better story. And best of all, the protagonist occasionally made bad decisions and screwed up.</p> <p>Ender was the worst kind of Gary Stu. SPOILERish. He's a tactical genius who can beat anyone and never fails once, but he's too slow to figure out he's being played. One of my biggest problems is that he never fails one fight in the battle room. Not one time, even when the odds are stacked too much against him. Even Napoleon wasn't that successful. Imagine ST:II if Kirk never failed or lost against Khan. The story would be dull as hell.</p> <p>If you want a better science fiction war novel with real characters, try The Forever War. At least Mandella and the other people in it are human. They make the wrong decisions sometimes, they fail, they survive by pure, dumb luck. You know, like real people.</p>

  • March 22, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    oh fucking hell

    by JAMF

    i didnt know this guy was producing. what the fuck is going on?

  • I'm very sorry for my mistake.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    orci asking to have faith on him. comedy moment of the year.

    by AsimovLives

  • March 22, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    darth macchio

    by AsimovLives

    Abrams Trek is not utter shit? i want to watch the same version of the movie you did.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Orsnj Scott Card became insane after 9/11.

    by AsimovLives

    All that talk about compassion for your enemy that he showed in his work, namely in ENDER'S GAME, completly evaporated. Just proves it was not a real ideal he truly believed but soemthing that looked nice in print. When 9/11 hit, his true colours showed. And they are not pretty.

  • March 22, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    i mean Orson Scott Card, of course

    by AsimovLives

  • March 22, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    @asimovlives the same goes with Frank Miller

    by KilliK

  • March 22, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    @conspiracy 2001 is boring as fuck though.

    by KilliK


  • ;)

  • March 22, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    But successor, the drama isn't in whether he'll win

    by bah

    It's in how he handles that inhuman ability to always win. He's a superhero who's afraid of his power because he doesn't know if he is good. And does it matter whether he means well if bad things always happen when he does use his abilities? And he *does* believe he's being gamed; he just has the point of it wrong.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    boborci what you want me to say in reply to your idiotic post?

    by AsimovLives

    book remained the same after 9/11.... what the hell does that even mean? Oh wait, you are the guy who wrote the Transformers movies and Abrams Trek, or course making sense is not your strongest asset.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller, whatever.

    by AsimovLives

    who cared about the goddam frank miller?

  • only to find the regular douche-baggery. Still, I hope that the movie is good. Who is playing Mazer? Is it the Jango Fett dude? Or the head mech-suit dude from that last Matrix flick? Those are the faces I see in my head. The voices are completely different ones. They're telling me to eat a sandwich and call Spock 'Timmy'.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Shran - Sir Ben Kinglsey is playing Mazer.

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Kingsley is a great actor...just don't call him Benny.

    by conspiracy

  • March 22, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    And I didn't have to spake his name in triplicate

    by shran

    or flush a toilet, or perform any other voodoo rituals to gain the attentions of Roberto. Ben Kingsley, huh? I didn't see him as Mazer but he acts real good. BTW, get over to trekmovie and give the rapacious beasts some fodder. Mongo misses you.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    @conspiracy no,it needed characters and an interesting story.

    by KilliK

    and to clarify: yes 2001 is a scifi masterpiece.yes i love a cinematic experience is ground-breaking and ingenious.but as a movie story it is fucking boring.

  • March 22, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    The best way to handle the twist

    by ballyhoo

    Just show Bean starting to figure it out. He learns about FTl communication and kind of has an aha moment. Don't directly tell the audience, but just let them know that something is up. Simple.

  • Gibson had said something similar when he was asked if the terrible movie adaptations of his books,had somehow hurt these books.He pointed at a self in his library with all the books that he had written and replied: "Nope,they are still there" And he was right.

  • True. Bob Orci is a funny angry man.

  • Harry just won't let that Turkey flop quietly.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Men may change, but I guarantee the author's current politics

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    and personality will be red meat for the media, which might overshadow the movie.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    boborci, are you daft?

    by AsimovLives

    what in the fucking hell was that about? you are adapting a book? no shit, sherlock! i'm glad you figure that out. we did too, you know?

  • Can't wait to see Ender's Game dumbed down to it's most basic elements and then turned into a braindead fucking action movie disguised as SF. And it will be hysterical to witness the fanboys self-delusion justifications in defense of the movie, against allobvious evidence of it's terribleness. You know, like the fanboys did with regard to Abrams Trek and Cowboys And Aliens and the Transformers movies. As for having faith, fuck faith! Having faith doesn't make you a better man, only more gullible to con artists like Orci.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    men changing, like in the case of an author, does put into question his fomer work. and in the case of Scott Card, it makes one question of the honesty of the ideas and ideals he poured into his stories, like Ender's Game. If anything, 9/11 might just showed Scott Card's true colours. and they are ugly as hell. if i was a filmmaker, i wouldn't touch Ender's Game with a ten foot pole. and i used to love the book. not anymore, it all feels so fake now.

  • ...I think we should all respect that he really can't, just as he can't openly make too many comments on other peoples films. There is a reason 99% of us are anonymous..., it isn't particularly good for ones career or professional standing if you call George Lucas a worthless fucking one hit wonder in Talkback and it gets back to him, or describe in detail the imagined sexual activities of some actress you may be working with somewhere down the road. Dude IS one of us...but his decision to be himself here limits his interactions as such.

  • March 22, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    call me when they ax the cast

    by MurderMostFowl

    And change the character ages to 20 somethings instead of incomprehensible preteens. The audience can accept this in a novel,but not on screen.

  • March 22, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    larson -- what is FPF?

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    ha -- i'll peek in n see what it's looking like

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST IS trash Bob...and deadly to a career...lmao

    by conspiracy

    Trust me...I'm one of the usual suspects in this stupidity..., it is absolutely and without a doubt one of the greatest misuses of a talkback in the history of talkbacks. FPF is breathtaking in it's shallow, easy, indefensible depravity... ...I myself am probably wanted in some state for the things I've written in connection too it, and with certainty would never find work again, in any form; and would most probably be in divorce court if my musings were connected to "me". Ahh...the Olsen Twins...where DID I leave them...?

  • March 22, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I loved Star Trek 2.0 and have all faith in Mr. Orci

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    haters gotta hate, but I enjoyed the movie greatly, and thats about all I can ask from a writer or a director - entertain me. Mr. Orci - Pepsi for you.

  • March 22, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Orco is funny. He's like the offspring of a wizard and ghost.

    by jimmy

    But Bob Orci, he's ALL class.

  • March 22, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    pronounced OR-see

    by Boborci

  • March 22, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    bob orci, can you tell Harrison Ford that ajit says hello

    by ajit maholtra

    And that if he is welcome to stay with me in my house if he comes to Detroit.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    O. S. Card is Quite Obviously Mentally Ill Now

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude

    and mental illness is known to worsen with age. So, have a little compassion. The man has written one decent novel in his entire life. One.

  • March 22, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Lesbiianna - remins me of a story about Joseph Heller

    by Boborci

    Who wrote one of my favorite books, Catch-22. Upon release of another his later books, a critic said to him that he's never managed to write anything as good as Catch-22. His response: "Who has?"

  • Are you telling me you love a movie that is yet to exist? Talk about a groupie!

  • Can you start writing posts where i can get a lesser negative opinion of you? Because so far ity seems you are deliberate writing stuff just to make me think the worst of you. If that's so, Good job, mate, you are suceeding admirably.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    So, what is the opposite of a hater? A Gusher? A cocksucker?

    by AsimovLives

    The coin flops for both sides.

  • Jus askin

  • March 23, 2012, 5:46 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    We rather not know, if you get my meaning. Such knowledge would be puke inducing.

  • March 23, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    lesbianna_winterlude, actually schizofrenia gets better with age.

    by AsimovLives

    The worst age for Schizo is somewhere between teenhood and 40. After that, things get better, even naturally. There's deseases that's better getting at old age, if one is so unlucky to get them. Like multiple sclerosis (i know it's a typo, sorry). And deseases such as dementia are not necessarily old sage deseases, since even young people can have them. Scott Card must have been always a loony. But it was only recently that we can see him for who he is and must have been all his life. The 9/11 tragedy must have worked as a de-inhibitor and he though he had finally the right circunstances to tell to the world what he really think, unaffraid of criticism.

  • He was a mormon missionaire on a misison among the amazonian indians. So, he was living for real the events of the movie IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD. His stay at the brazilian amazons is the reason why he used so many brazilian portuguese expressions and words in the book SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD. So, Scott Card was one of those christians who thinks that indians are only worthy if they reject their millenia culture and religion, alienate themselves from their own culture and ancestral religion, and embrace a western religion that has nothing to offer them. And funnier even, he decides to go on pissing in the pissing grounds of the local south american catholic church. Scott Card is mad? You know what, it actually comes as little suprise. The suprising thing is that we got fooled for so long.

  • March 23, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Will Harrison Ford finally bother to act in this movie?

    by AsimovLives

    He used to be my favorite actor. Not just star, but actor. Nowdays, his name on a poster is a sure way to make me want to avoid the movie. He has not aged gracefully.

  • March 23, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Lol@movie insiders

    by MightyOs

    Really? You think that if you post here that episode one sucked carie fisher's balls that you will never get another job in Hollywood? So who, exactly, is the real life ari gold? I know precisely tens of people working on a major film right now that will happiy tell you how much of a douche certain actors, directors can be. But they are crew and never get the time to use this internet thing, and wouldn't know where to post if they did! So I reckon any of these 'insiders' currently posting can balls up and represent. Oh, and get the fcuk on with a mass effect film!

  • March 23, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    mightyos, by all means, bring them here. All of them!

    by AsimovLives

    I'll never get tired of hoylwood professionals telling us what motherfuckers Michael Bay and JarJar Abrams are. Bring them in.

  • I'd love to see someone here, real name confirmed, write scathing remarks about their boss and co-workers, not to mention salacious stories about the women they work with/for. Because unemployment and sexual harassment lawsuits are always a knee slapping good time.

  • Ease up, Asi. It's not like Bob is adapting Mein Kamf.

  • March 23, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No, he's adapting everything INTO Mein Kampf.

  • March 23, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I'd pay $13 too see that ^

    by conspiracy

    A would be Box Office Gold.

  • Considering how low an opinion i have of Card, i think it's great that Orci is spearheading an adaptation of his most famous book. Because i can count on Orci to completly fuck it all up beyond all possible recognition. The end result fuck up will be hilarious. It will be hilarious because the movie will be the typical Orci movie crap, and it will be also hilarious because how it will fuck up the original story into something so absurd and stupid, like a retard's version of the story for idiots. Orci is a great maker of comedies. He just doesn't realise he's making them.

  • March 23, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    harry_cox, i have this Brooklyn Bridge to sell, are you interested?

    by AsimovLives

  • March 24, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    = men changing, like in the case of an author, does put into question his fomer work. and in the case of Scott Card, it makes one question of the honesty of the ideas and ideals he poured into his stories, like Ender's Game. = how exactly does the changing in his way of thinking,puts his work into question? explain that to me. And i will say it again: good ideas never die even if people who represented them with passion,end up betraying them shamelessly. = If anything, 9/11 might just showed Scott Card's true colours. and they are ugly as hell. = That's his problem.Not a problem of his books. = if i was a filmmaker, i wouldn't touch Ender's Game with a ten foot pole. and i used to love the book. not anymore, it all feels so fake now. = Exaggeration. You let your disdain for the man to cloud your better judgment of his books.You should try to separate these two things. Hey i consider Polanksi a low life who needs to be locked in the deepest depths of Hell.but that doesnt stop me from enjoying his work because i always try to separate the man from the artist.