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A Very, Very Teasery Pic From The Set Of The ENDER'S GAME Movie!!

Published at: April 3, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

 

Merrick here...

There's a new pic over at Boborci's production blog for ENDER'S GAME, teasing a wall module from the film's 'Battle Room.' 

 

Movie making can become overly reliant on digital worlds, and nothing can replace a well-built set that you can see and touch and stand in the middle of, fooling you into thinking you are really there. 

...says the entry...a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly, by the way.  The blog suggests we'll see 'a lot' more in the coming weeks - I'm very curious to see how this project shapes up.  

Director Gavin Hood is also scripting the film, which is based upon the first entry in a series of  novels by Orson Scott Card.  Roberto Orci (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) is producing alongside Lynn Hendee (Julie Taymor's THE TEMPEST), Linda McDonough (DRIVE) and Gigi Pritzker (also of DRIVE).  

 

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  • April 3, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Um, that's it?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 3, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Ender's..

    by CodeName

    They need to make a live-action Zone of the Enders.

  • April 3, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Guess i got to be a fan of the book to get excited over THAT.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 3, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Not much to see, but it's being made!!!

    by clarntoon

  • April 3, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Lools like a leftover from TNG Enterprise

    by Logan_1973

    So glad they decided to go with real sets.

  • April 3, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    blog link: endersgameblog.tumblr.com

    by clarntoon

  • April 3, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Actually, you can extrapolate from this picture.

    by FluffyUnbound

    A lot of sci fi films take the OUTLAND approach, where everything in space is a little run-down and dirty. And that approach makes a lot of sense, given the logistics of replacing, or even cleaning, installations in space. But in ENDER'S GAME, in my mind's eye, that wasn't the type of facility they had. Their facility was more SPACE:1999 - ish (in my mind at least) where things are improbably clean and in improbably good shape. They didn't make the design decision to dent this utility door, or smudge a handprint on it, or anything like that. And for THIS film, I like that. Hopefully they won't wreck this later when they dress the set.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Book Readers...Do You Really Think This Can Make A Good Movie?

    by Crow3711

    Especialyl without drastically changing how the find games are played when (spoilers) ender doesn't know he's fighting the war for real. he just sits at a computer for two chapters and thinks he's playing a fake game. they can't have the climax of the film be a kid playing a "simulation" at a computer, because its not exciting at all visually. so, either they are going to drastically change a lot of stuff after the battle school section, or its going to be a really strange ending. not to mention the speaker for the dead chapter...i don't really believe hollywood even has the nuance and guts to make that sequence work in the slightest. I'm genuinely terrified of this movie. not to mention its scripted by the fucker who made Wolverine.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    finale games*

    by Crow3711

  • April 3, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    @logan_1973...I was thinking the same thing.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 3, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    HOLY FUCK IT'S EUROSTILE AND uh maybe DIN SCHRIFTEN?

    by spacehog

    I'm not sure what ''UTILITY DECK'' and ''HALL NUMBER'' are written in, but what a sweet cameo by Eurostile on that ''G'' and ''0058''! I imagine this is how some people feel when Jeffrey Combs shows up in a genre film. Eurostile, man. Classic.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Fixing the ending - MOAR SPOILARS

    by FluffyUnbound

    Well, back when the book was written (and when I first read it) I pictured the end being a lot like Ender sitting down and playing Atari for two chapters. Nowadays I assume he will use some kind of immersive program that recreates the space battle photorealistically. Which kind of HELPS the whole "We forgot to tell you this battle is actually happening" shtick. Ender is used to simulations that look so real he can't tell the difference.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    (BOLD EXTENDED, of course)

    by spacehog

    For all you completists out there.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    THE ENEMY'S GATE IS DOWN!

    by ravenloff

  • Did you ever see Wargames? Tension aplenty and that was with shitty 80's graphics.

  • it just doesn't do it for me. I loved the book but I am a little nervous about the film version. I don't see this as a big budget film or at least doesn't need to be. I feel it's more along the lines of something like Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan or Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock. Especially since this is primarily indoors and deals with simulators. This photo reminds me of those two films.

  • I'm more eager to see Ender, Valentine & Peter in costume, as well as some of the more interesting bit-players like Bonzo Madrid & Bean!

  • April 3, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I gotta...

    by HughHoyland

    Read these novels! The only book by Card I've read is "How to write a Sci-fi/fantasy story". This sounds dope. I'll see it.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    A wall?

    by Joe

    Not everything is news guys!

  • April 3, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    That's a picture of a Drawer in my Kitchen

    by D o o d

    I hope you all were teased!

  • April 3, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Have you noticed that all these producers,writers and directors

    by KilliK

    who claim to be geeks and specifically scifi fans,when they want to adapt something they always adapt material which is not purely scifi and involves stuff which appeals to the general like action,cool visuals,aliens,good vs evil and so on. I didnt see anyone of those big shots in Hollywood to invest several millions on a scifi property which is completely cerebral,philosophical,intellectual,thought-provoking. Even the works of great scifi writesr like PKD or Asimov,are turned into big-budget loud action events.And while we are going to have again a new PKD movie,Arthur Clark's work hasnt been adapted more than twice. I find it very funny that all these HW big names who keep stating how much they love the scifi properties that they adapt,that they grew up with them and that their adaptations will be faithful to them,all these big names dont even try to put some money and adapt (i am not talking abotu big-budget blockbusters) a few more hardcore and less action-driven science fiction properties.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    @tiki, no, it isn't exciting to this fan. But...

    by bah

    fluffyunbound does make a good point. They're not going for the grim-and-gritty, all-black-and-dark-gray look that most SF does these days. Which, I agree, is correct for this movie.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Orson Scott Card is awesome

    by kwisatzhaderach

    His novel of The Abyss was utterly brilliant. I wonder if he is on-set teaching Orci how to write?

  • April 3, 2012, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I'm clever, PROOF INSIDE:

    by whatyoufear

    Twilight zone of the enders game of thrones

  • April 3, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Haven't not read the book, but is the ending dated and cliche now?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Ewwww... it's for REALS. What a twist. Sure, it's the Wolverine guy as the writer, but maybe they have an idea for something that will work better. I'm assuming the rest of the book is good and the ending isn't what made it popular, so maybe it doesn't matter if it looks like 80's Wargames or overproduced Michael Bay at the end.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Bleh

    by DarwinNYC

    Orson Scott Card is a bigoted creep. Do not see his movie! Do not buy his books! Do not say nice things about him! Do not smile at him if you see him in public! Do not send him a card on his birthday! If you already own a copy of Ultimate Iron Man you have my permission to re-read it on occasion. But only if you think nasty thoughts about Orson Scott Card, who is a bigoted creep (as noted above). No! No, you may not even re-read Ultimate Iron Man! Discard it! Suck it, Card.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    @spacehog

    by time2323

    As much as I love a nice, sturdy condensed sans (DIN is probably my all-time favorite face) why can't we get some serif action in sci-fi flicks. Does the concept of legibility disappear in the near future? Do people forget that serif typefaces even exist sometime around the year 2020? I know, I know, they want to beat it into the audiences head that it is a cold, technology dominated future. On a related note, I will always love that Blade Runner used so much seriffed type.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    This wall panel just gave me a boner.

    by atlatl

  • April 3, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Is "Utility Deck" a fancy euphemism for "shitter"?

    by kidicarus

  • This isn't a Shyamalan movie, constructed around a surprise ending.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Card is a Christianist homophobe

    by gruntybear

    Fuck him and fuck this production.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I already say Bender's Game on Netflix. It was funny!

    by Mel

  • April 3, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    first??

    by JAMF

    on the most boring article ever posted on aicn. thanks.

  • April 3, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    haha

    by JAMF

    cant believe i had some old greasemonkey script that wouldnt let me see the other posts. whats that all about?? good job i found out today and not 6 months from now. this exclusive is still boring as hell.

  • This film is a good opportunity to have something real and physical along with the inevitable CG. Don't make it purely a digital video game. The humanity needs to balance that out, and that needs to be done in real environments, not just green screen. Make it so.

  • April 3, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    time2323, seriously, even a slab-serif somewhere as a compromise

    by spacehog

    I imagine the future still contains serifs somewhere. Just never, ever, on bulkheads. Which is fine with me: I always imagine it's some bureaucratic, design-by-committee decision that all signage on big-ass military spaceships and stations and whatnot needs to be in sans serif, blocky text that people feel is more readable/serious. Real heads know the deal and are continuing to read long passages of prose in a nice Garamond or something.

  • April 3, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    @gruntybear, you're right, but it's still a great book.

    by kevred

    There's a lot of heart and humanity and compassion in some of his books, especially the older ones. Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead are both incredibly humane stories about understanding triumphing over fear. And yet the guy's politics are now those of some right-wing talk-radio goon, seemingly poisoned by of anti-liberal anger and homophobia. It's a shame, because he once showed that he had a large heart and a deep well of understanding. Life is strange.

  • April 3, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Great Book..... Weak PICTURE

    by Micah fendley

    Dude, if you shit on me 13 or 14 more times, I'm out of here

  • April 3, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    ender

    by amin

    the book is great. the sequels are more and more mystical. this is the problem with orson scoot card, you always have a semi religious message in his books. but the first book. come on an awesome sci fi military school, a war against aliens, humanity fighting for survival ti has success written all over it. by the way mass effect ripped off ender'game with the rachni queen subplot

  • April 3, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Jesus

    by DocOpticus

    I never thought I'd see font nerds bitching about access panels on production photos. And what's up with the the locks? They gotta double lock the toilet paper for christ sake? Do the janitors have 2 sets of keys for everything and the only way to open it is to have 2 guys unlock the door synchronously as if they're arming a nuclear warhead?

  • April 3, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    USS Enterprise - NCC-1701-G

    by Jake Pantlin

  • April 3, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Book to movie possible? and Card's politics

    by MateoMcD

    @Crow 3711: I agree with the idea that it would be a 3-D immersive environment with excitement aplenty! They can tease it a bit in the games played during free-time at Battle School, then make the battle-simulators a way awesomer version. @gruntybear: I agree somewhat, and that's why his work is best the more removed from "reality" it is: Empire was a conservative rant that was not particularly enjoyable, but his sci-fi and fantasy focus on broader themes that I think he gets right, though his specific applications to present reality are forced through a narrow religious and political ideology filter that he's commited to making work no matter what, unfortunately. I thought his treatment of the gay character in the Homecoming series was sensitive, humanizing, and utterly respectful. His ideology came through when that character had to have a "straight" marriage "for the sake of" the community. His respect of the character, however, made that interpretation seem merely misguided rather than spiteful and cruel.

  • from the fiction you enjoy here and there? C'mon! Hell, a quarter of what Heinlein wrote makes me want to throw up in my mouth, but he's still a favorite. Talent is talent.

  • April 3, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    that picture sucks! this movie will suck!

    by bob

    anybody say that yet?

  • April 3, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Really eager to see how this turns out.

    by shran

  • That's from reading Ender's Game, Speaker, and Ender's Shadow only.

  • April 3, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    @bah

    by MateoMcD

    He's a Mormon, but he's written really well-rounded Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, and other characters, so he does his homework!

  • April 3, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Heinlein has a libertarian rep but was occasionally quite a douche

    by FluffyUnbound

    Some of the pieces he wrote right after WWII where he's obviously advocating nuking and conquering the entire world prophylactically are a little disturbing. Science fiction writers are always a little scattershot and erratic.

  • April 3, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    This movie is going to be sooooo bad

    by locater16

  • April 3, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Fuck this!

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    They should have started with Speaker for the Dead. As much as I love Ender's Game it's fucking clown shoes compared to the other books in the series.

  • April 3, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    If they "Hunger Games" this movie to the teeny boppers out there....

    by scrapplejoe

    I decided to watch Hunger games and good god it was awful... If they try and make Ender cater towards that crowd, its gonna be nasty.

  • April 3, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Do we know yet how old the kids are going to be?

    by FluffyUnbound

    Because if the film gets Jake Lloyded it will be terrible. OTOH, if all of a sudden Christian Bale in the EMPIRE OF THE SUN era strolls in to play Ender, then it could be great. Movies with child actors are a fucking crap shoot. But if they go with late-teens actors that's a problem too.

  • April 3, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT!!!

    by JaredP

    how is this even remotely teasery?

  • April 3, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    @fluffy, see this gallery

    by bah

    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20577069,00.html

  • April 3, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I'm wondering about this one.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I'm holding out hope for it as I love the book but I do wonder how many changes they're going to have to make to the narrative to make it work. It's a great book, and it works extremely well in that context as Ender's thoughts, his feelings about all the things going on around him can be explained and you can really see this amazing would-be leader, even though hes only a kid. I don't see how they'll ever translate that as well because kids always tend to come across as exactly that, kids in film. Also, the end battle of the book simply makes no sense as it makes the whole point of what Ender is being trained and mentally brutalised for over the years redundant. Spoilers ahead. I mean if the basic battle plan was simply to send a huge fleet, have it get there and fling itself en-masse at the enemy fleet until one breaks through and blows up the home world, well, it's not exactly a complex strategy that requires some savant kid trained from young to pull off, is it. You can kind of forgive it in the book because it's played so well during the exposition but again, I'm not sure how that's going to work out on screen.

  • April 3, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    have a fun image for tomorrow's blog.

    by Boborci

  • April 3, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    have a fun image for tomorrows blog.

    by Boborci

  • And...GO.

  • April 3, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    OSC is a douche. Book is good, not sure if the movie has much hope.

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Met Card in SLC. What a douchebag. I mean I have a hard time with Mo-Mo "white-picket-fence don't shoot 'til you see the blacks of their skins" attitudes in general, but most Mormons are fine folks if a bit weirder than most religulous Christian derivatives. But he really is a twerp. I don't know that Ender's Game necessarily lends itself to being a good movie. It's a fun read but I think it will take an exceptionally strong child lead and no-one really comes to mind. At least it won't be Dakota "teakettle shrill every 3 minutes" Fanning. As hint_of_smegma said (classy name, btw), the final battle strategy is actually a last-ditch effort that results in enormous casualties for the humans. Also you have to buy in to the concept that a child will somehow be a brilliant tactician within a kind of stylized video game. Tough to execute in film.

  • April 3, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    To all you spoiled little bastards!!

    by Tim Tringle

    FUCK OFF

  • That's what it's always felt like to me – a prologue. Lusitania is where the real shit goes down – cosmic AI networks, interdimensional FTL travel, metaphysical cloning and soul transferral, intelligent terraforming viruses. The biology of the pequeninos makes the xenomorphs seem normal by comparison. It's not that I don't love Ender's Game, but the sequels are what I really want to see on the big screen. I must the only person who considers Children of the Mind to be the high point of the series.

  • April 3, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    looks like the inside of an airplane

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    this has me pumped

  • April 3, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I was excited until I saw Orci is involved.

    by whyamihere

    Then I was flaccid.

  • April 3, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Oh. My. God......It's wonderful!

    by Orbots Commander

    The....the metal grayish texture of the door. The orange paint, so right, so spot on. I am beyond words. Thank you AICN, for this near religious experience. You have moved my soul to tears on this day.

  • April 3, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    C'mon people

    by The Llama

    I'm flabbergasted by all the talk of "How will they ever sell the more philosophical/metaphysical sequels as movies?" Do you really think they would even try? Get real--if Ender's Game is a success, the obvious sequel is Ender's Shadow and its companion novels.

  • April 3, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    That looks like a pic of a Nintendo Entertainment System

    by vetepalapinga

  • April 3, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Boborci- kill him now and save the young ones.

    by vetepalapinga

    I thought the only people who got paid for sucking so much were prostitutes.

  • April 3, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Casting

    by ShadowTiger

    I have to say, looking at the gallery (link earlier in the comments) - they have done an epic job casting the movie ... at least from their pictures anyhow. I mean, come on, Harrison Ford is perfect for Graff. For some reason I always pictured the battle room more like an empty holodeck (in 3 dimensions), though. Black walls with a faint lighting grid.

  • April 3, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE WILL BE AN UNMITIGATED FUCKING DISASTER.

    by Emperor

    The Director is Gavin Hood, some punk who has not directed a single major motion picture that's received a fresh rating on rt.com. Plus, it has Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford, two washed up and irrelevant actors who need to pay their bills. I haven't read the book(s), but I know it received a Nebula and Hugo award, so that is something. Now they get this fucking dolt from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Rendition fame, to direct this? WTF? They fucked up the Terminator series by getting that asshole McG to direct, and now they insist on fucking this up too... And it's not simply about directors and their reputations either. It also depends on the director's strengths and interests. For instance, to get James Cameron to direct The Godfather, or Francis Ford Coppola to direct Aliens or Terminator 2, would both be disasterous. Apparently his film "Tsotsi" was good, but that was not a big-budget, wide-scale film. I am not claiming the director is completely talentless, but the fruit cake cannot direct a major motion picture for larger audiences (for some reason). This is a very risky choice. And to think they didn't give the brilliant Blompkamp his opportunity to direct Halo, is another travesty. At least Blomkamp showed he can handle this type of material. Anyway, this will be a disaster, both financially and critically. I predicted John Carter to be a financial disaster, and I was proven right, although I was surprised it wasn't a complete critical failure (although still receiving a rotten rating). Gavin Hood has done nothing to suggest he can handle a big budget, (supposedly) epic sci-fi film. Another 100 + million dollars into the toilet. What a shame.

  • April 4, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Blah, I like CGI sets. More stuff moving around.

    by Al

    I need constant sensory stimulation to remove my brain from the drudgery of existence.

  • April 4, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    orson scott card is a fuckwit

    by Koschei

    plus he's a shit writer. Ender's Game has some good ideas in it, but I felt dirty after reading it.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    How the finale/simulations should work.

    by tailhook

    A lot like Mission Control at NASA or a Norad type setup from Wargames. You have the Director/Admiral who coordinates the other kids who are in control of various units of the 'simulation'. Heck, think Wargames and the sequence where they cannot determine what is real and what is not until they get an actual radio transmission from someone in the area. Basically lots of screens with photorealistic images 'built' from the historical data of which Ender and the kids control one set. Where i'm concerned about is where exactly are they going to fall when it comes to information concerning the audience. I've always felt that if they try to put the audience 'in on it' that they'll absolutely destroy the inherent drama. If you can convince the audience that this is a simulation, than its understandable as to why Ender was convinced. Because its in that moment, when the facade is removed and you've convinced people that humanity can be pushed through misinformation(which would directly mirror WMD's and the Iraq War) to an extinction-level event of an entire species, then and only then does the movie have the proper resonance of the book because then you have nowhere to hide from the story. You can't just look at it and go 'oh well, it was SOOO obvious so this would never happen in real life'. The point the book is trying to make is IT CAN. And if you can't convince people of that, the movie will just fall completely flat. You should be cheering for Ender to win, and when he does you absolutely get your heart ripped out at the disaster that ensues leading up to the absolutely awesome ending of Ender boarding the ship with the egg in an endless search to find the right one where the Formics can start anew. Ender's Game is one of the seminal Science Fiction books of the last 30 years. If treated seriously, it can be an absolutely awesome movie that launches a franchise. Do I trust Hollywood to get it right? Hell no. I think its at best going to be a trainwreck but hoping against hope that it gets nailed. If they do, you're in for something special.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    The nice part about The Hunger Games

    by tailhook

    is that it'll push the studio its ok to be straight up with the story for Ender's Game. Politics is ok. Kids being manipulated(even in battles to the death) is ok. There are a lot of similiarities at a base level between the two... with kids being brought together through selection to fight each other and accomplish a desired outcome for the state. They differ in purpose and overall story but they do share those similarities. And its not a bad thing to be able to point to if the studio starts to interfere.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    It will be fun...

    by Andrew Coleman

    To listen to teens comparing this to Hunger Games and say it's ripping it off. This movie is fucked though. Gavin Hood... Um X-Men: Origins was one of the worst movies I have ever witnessed. I mean they fucked up Wolverines back story in every way possible. How on earth will they get this right? They won't... But fuck it who cares?

  • April 4, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    I can't help but wonder if they'll gloss over (spoiler)

    by Gabe Athouse

    that Ender (ugh, that name) is recruited as much for his intelligence as for the fact that he's a murderer. (If you've read the book you may not remember that he murdered a kid and the government covered it over because they wanted to train him to be a more efficient murder).

  • April 4, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    er

    by Gabe Athouse

  • April 4, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Gavin Hood

    by tailhook

    I'm not exactly going to write him off just yet. Sure, he made Wolverine which seemed to be an attempt to inject his flavor of filmmaking into a story. Not to mention Fox is notorious for being hands on. As such, it ended up being a pretty crazy bucket of mash. Ender's Game may be right up his alley, because the politics are allready baked into the story. As long as he doesn't fight it and can catch the thematic storytelling and play things straight, he may be perfect for the chair. It should also be a story that appeals well to his South African background. But it really is going to come down to whether the audience is 'in on it' or not. As I said, I just don't see how the movie works well at all if its the former and deviates from the book. Trying to bring the audience along the story without telling them is an extremely tricky thing for a director to get just right. Everything has to be perfect for it to work. Ender's Game has the ability to be a Best Picture nominee(i don't think the Academy would ever vote a SF film Best Picture), but it'll take some kind of balls and talent for Hood to pull that off. And btw, just for the record i've always thought Speaker for the Dead was the best book of any of them, and is usually the one that destroys me. Ender's Game is definately the most iconic.

  • April 4, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    @flax, almost

    by bah

    He wrote a short story 'Ender's Game' first. Then as he was writing 'Speaker', it occurred to him the the character in that could be Ender. So he went back and rewrote the short story into a novel.

  • April 4, 2012, 6:39 a.m. CST

    @hyperdyne, to me that's the real point of the book

    by bah

    So I sure as hell hope they don't gloss over it. Learning that he did that is a much bigger twist than the one everyone thinks of when they talk about the book.

  • April 4, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Only problem is the twist ending is obvious from the get-go.

    by knowthyself

    But it's an amazing book none-the-less. I'm a little worried about the director since he filmed the vomit inducing X-Men Origins Wolverine.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    @hyperdyne and @bah - no

    by tailhook

    The point wasn't that he was a murderer.. it was that when his back was against the wall.. he would do whatever it took to win, even if that included murder. THAT'S why they wanted him. Always note that he's always reacting to an attack, not instigating one. He doesn't set out to kill Stilson, he does it when he feels there is no other way to get them to stop coming after him. But just looking at it as.. oh.. they wanted a murderer.. they could have gone down to the local prison for one of those :P. @Know: As per the twist ending. The ending is always obvious if you know the story. Most people in the viewing audience don't. While the books are quite popular, don't confuse this with a significant majority or even a significant minority of the population having either read the book or heard about it. Same could be said of the end to Planet of the Apes, Sixth Sense, etc. Once you know the twist, it seems obvious.

  • April 4, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    The book tricked me.

    by FluffyUnbound

    And I read it as an adult. I assumed the ending they were building towards was that Ender would rebel against the way he had been manipulated and would walk away.

  • like Bender's Big Score.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    @tailhook - you're right, it's not the WHOLE point

    by bah

    Ender's main motivation throughout the book is to avoid being Peter, who he sees as a violent monster. And he is in fact capable of everything Peter is. When I say it's 'the point', I mean the struggle between his natural aptitude for violence, his desire to escape it, and the outside forces that are bent on making him use it.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    @Tailhook

    by Rei-Ginsei

    I agree - If they just wanted a murdered they could have went with Peter instead of Ender.

  • Even if the book is wildly overrated, it's still a good read.

  • April 4, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    another picture just went up on the blog

    by Boborci

  • in cowboys and aliens. So they can be designed worth a shit.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Better Photo.

    by D

    Bob, While that's cool that you sent the kids to Space Camp (and the Aviation challenge too?) could you have given us a slightly less grainy picture? Afterall, you've spoiled us with such clear pics the previous weeks. I've had the opportunity to attend Space Camp when I was younger and there are many cool things you can do and learn there that would of made for a much better image than what got posted. I realize that you don't have to give us anything until the movie drops next year, so the blog is still appreciated, but personally, I will check back in a couple more months when there is something to peek my jaded eyes! Still, my well wishes for an awesome movie!