First Image from ENDER’S GAME; Director Gavin Hood Explains Changes from the Book

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Prepare yourselves, Ender’s Game fans.  The first image from director Gavin Hood’s feature film adaptation of the beloved Orson Scott Card novel has landed online, giving us our first look at Asa Butterfield (Hugo) in the title role and Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff.  For those unaware, the film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  In addition to this image debut, Hood has also briefly discussed a change that was made from the book and the fact that they’re keeping the same ending from the novel.

Hit the jump to check out the first image and quotes from Hood.  The film also stars Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail BreslinEnder’s Game opens November 1, 2013.

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Speaking with EW (which also debuted the image), Hood talked about making a change to the book in order to ensure that Butterfield would play Ender throughout the entire film:

“I discussed this at length with Orson,” says Hood. “The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.” Hood said the decision was mostly a practical one: “When you sit down for two hours, you’re just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you’re bonding with someone who’s meant to be the same person, but you know he’s a different actor.”

Those worried about major changes from the book, however, can rest easy knowing that Hood has maintained the novel’s rather dark ending:

“That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book, ” says Hood. “I promise you that it is very much there.”

Hopefully we’ll get a look at the film in action soon, as I expect a trailer will be released in the coming months.

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  • Mike Hutnan

    They should ask the Looper team how they did their transition between JGL and Bruce Willis. That was flawless.

    I am excited for this movie though, haha.

  • Scotty

    EEEEE! Cant wait!!

  • ari

    Orson Scott Card is a hawkish neo-con homophobic and Mitt Romney lover moron. I will not spend a penny on anything that has to do with him

    • JB

      Ok…but did you read the book? Or are you just some left-wing nut job blind follower who can’t decipher the BS out there and use the common sense you were born with.

      • Thomas

        He wrote several very good books, but I’m not sure what BS you’re referencing (that is, the BS us left-wing nut jobs allegedly can’t decipher) Were you referring to his political views (the ones clearly established on his own personal website?) Because I agree that those are BS. I also agree that Card’s decidedly Right-wing authoritarian views demonstrate a distinct lack of common sense on his part.

    • Justin Brogan

      Yes, he is massive jerk off, but Ender’s Saga and Bean’s Saga were amazing books and don’t really reflect his radical beliefs.

    • Grayden

      That is the great thing about being able to dissociate an author/actor/writer’s work from their personal views. That’s like saying you’re never going to drive/own a VW Beetle because Hitler came up with the design for it back in the day. Card’s personal or political views shouldn’t even be an issue. Don’t agree with them? Fine. Don’t buy his books. But don’t think not seeing the film makes some kind of stand against those views. You’re just depriving yourself of seeing one of the greatest science fiction novels come to life on the big screen.

      • Thomas

        This. I think Card holds some legitimately evil views, but I still own several of his books and I’ll still be one of the first in line to see this film.

        I still watch Roman Polanski films, even though he’s a child molester. I’m definitely not going to boycott Card because he has some deeply troublesome viewpoints. I personally think Card’s writing has deteriorated considerably over the last decade or so, but that simply means I don’t buy any of his newer novels.

      • nemo

        That makes things worse. OSC must be a hypocrite if he needs to hide his hate to sell books. At least Glenn Beck is a sincere bigot…

    • Weeks

      Good grief, keep your politics out of this, dumbass.

    • dogg

      Well someone’s certainly full of hate. Don’t thing it’s OSC, though. He comes across as an incredibly complex and thoughtful guy in everything I’ve ever read from him. I doubt he’d ever demonize someone he disagrees with the way you’re doing.
      FYI, a lot of Mormons believe in evolution and hold all sort of political beliefs, so adjust your worldview accordingly…if you’re capable.
      And quit posting political rants on movie sites. It’s tacky.

    • Jay

      He’s homophobic and he supports Mitt Romney? I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  • Jordan

    Ari…I didn’t think this was a political discussion.

    Excited for the movie, and while I know that the age change does change the gravity of the actions the characters take, i know it was necessary. Can’t wait for it!

  • Norris

    I don’t really think it will change the tone too much by having Ender be 12, that’s still pretty young, nothing close to being an adult like a previous commenter said. It’s just necessary, who wants to watch a big budget sci fi movie with a 6 year old leading the film?

  • Bob

    ari,
    OSC is actually a democrat! Just because he happens to be open-minded doesn’t mean that he’s a “hawkish neo-con homophobic”. Grow up dude.

    • Pablo

      Does Orson Scott Card deny the climate change? Yes. Does he deny the evolution theory? Yep. Does he deny equal rights for gay people, ingluding marriage? According to his blog, yes. It seems the typical Democrat registered voter, right?

    • Thomas

      I’m fine with people not toeing the party line – I myself disagree with the Democratic party platform on a number of issues (gun control being the biggest.)

      With that said, Card is a hawkish neo-con homophobe because:

      -He believes that anti-sodomy laws should remain intact (so that nobody ever thinks that it’s okay to be gay)
      -He thinks that Obama is a Marxist out to destroy the constitution, and that Bush was a brave champion of liberty who “did what needed to be done.”
      -He himself has been a teacher, yet he takes a strong anti-academic, anti-intellectual stance – something far more common on the Right than the Left (“cause all dem professors are godless commies.”) Speaking of which, he’s a defender of McCarthyism.
      -In short, he parrots the neo-con party line on a whole wide range of issues ranging from gay marriage to foreign intervention to “both Creationism and evolution should be taught in public schools.”

      He might continue to call himself a Democrat – and he might have been one at some point in his life – but his current ideology puts him much closer to, well, hawkish neo-con homophobes.

      But don’t take my word for it. Read some of the essays he posts on his own personal website.

    • Thomas

      I’m fine with people not toeing the party line – I myself disagree with the Democratic party platform on a number of issues. With that said, Card is a hawkish neo-con homophobe because he parrots the neo-con party line on a whole wide range of issues ranging from gay marriage (anti-sodomy laws should remain intact) to foreign intervention to global warming to “Obama is a Marxist and Bush a brave champion of liberty” to “both Creationism and evolution should be taught in public schools.” But don’t take my word for it. Read some of the essays he posts on his own personal website.

      • TheHOYT

        It’s not about toeing the party line, it’s about believing in something and having he courage to stand-up for that belief. Also, I think calling him a homophobic right-wing nut-job is completely disingenuous, unless you consider a homophobe somebody how shows compassion toward those with differing social views, but doesn’t compromise their own values in the process. OSC hasn’t ever written a blog or essay about hating or initiating violence against the homosexual community, he’s simply stated that he doesn’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle that is perpetuated and that he has a right to vote, advocate and speak out against it. As it is the homosexual communities right to advocate the opposite viewpoint. Although, he does ask for a modicum of civility between the two. This is also true for the other social-political issues that have been brought up, Creationism/Evolution, Obama/Bush, foreign policy, & global warming.

      • David Peñasco Maldonado

        Well, if OSC is entitled to defend creationism be taught in public schools in the same plane of equality that evolution theory I claim my right to teach that the world is flat and that the Masons dominate the US economy. And if gays can not marry, Mormons can not be allowed to adopt children, right? We can play this game all day but some opinions are simply NOT defensible.

      • Steve

        “he’s simply stated that he doesn’t agree with the homosexual lifestyle that is perpetuated and that he has a right to vote, advocate and speak out against it. As it is the homosexual communities right to advocate the opposite viewpoint.”

        I don’t think anyone here is suggesting he doesn’t have the right to be a bigot. They are simply calling him out on it.

      • TheHOYT

        “I don’t think anyone here is suggesting he doesn’t have the right to be a bigot. They are simply calling him out on it.”

        See, this was the point I was trying to make before. If people would actually read what the man has to say on the issues, they could not, in good conscience, call him a ‘bigot’ or ‘homophobe’. His writings are not inflamitiory or hateful in any way. For instance, everybody cites an essay where he’s accused of saying that we should put homosexuals in jail. However, this is totally not true, it was taken from an essay written two decades ago, and he was referencing a court case in GA about sodomy laws not homosexuality in general. Not only that, but he goes on in the essay to state that sodomy laws should remain on the books in a symbolic nature, and not literally enforced, except in extreme cases. People need to check their sources before they start accusing somebody of being homophobic or a bigot. Really, people utilize hateful language like that to scare people from actually studying these issues for themselves – guilt by association – as nobody wants to be associated with a bigot.

  • Thomas

    He wrote several very good books, but I\’m not sure what BS you\’re referencing (that is, the BS us left-wing nut jobs allegedly can\’t decipher) Were you referring to his political views (the ones clearly established on his own personal website?) Because I agree that those are BS. I also agree that Card\’s decidedly Right-wing authoritarian views demonstrate a distinct lack of common sense on his part.

  • Nate

    A political discussion on Collider? No thanks :)

    Regardless, I really hope this is a good movie!

  • jcrue

    People need to make things political to satisfy a need to be accepted by some, to feel better about themselves and to deride the beliefs of others. You have to create your own superiority to others when the world hasn’t recognized it yet.

  • Sai

    Plot Spoiler Ahead:
    I understand them wanting to cast an ‘Ender’ that would be able to carry the movie, but I am already leery of the rewrites the script obviously went though, due to the fact that if Ford took off his shoes he would be the same height as Asa. That right there takes away one of the defining characteristics of Ender’s plight in Battleschool, that of being one of the littlest to command, and having to prove to the other student’s that he was worth their respect. If you’re the same height as the Colonel, I don’t think you will be faced with much heightism. And, the bunks are supposed to be parallel with the wall, a la a submarine, this is supposed to be in space, yet it looks more like a Terran bases barracks. Might have to view this as an homage to the Ender Series and not really an accurate portrayal.

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