A film version of Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game has lingered in development hell for well over a decade now. Back in September, we told you that director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was going to try to tackle the beast and finally get a big screen version of Card’s novel going. Well now it looks like a couple of big names may be helping Hood out. Bob Orci recently tweeted that he and partner Alex Kurtzman (the screenwriting/producing duo behind Star Trek, Cowboys and Aliens, etc.) are working on the project. Orci had this to say:
“Ender’s Game! Us(K/O), Oddlot, and Gavin Hood taking his amazing script to the town! Who wants some?”
It sure sounds like Kurtzman, Orci and Hood are shopping the project around Hollywood, with the backing of production company Oddlot Entertainment. In the September report, it was said that Hood would be tweaking a screenplay written by Card himself. Could Kurtzman and Orci be working on the screenplay as well? At this point, I’d bet that they’re just onboard as producers, though nothing’s confirmed. With Kurtzman and Orci’s growing clout in town, they probably have a pretty good shot at finding financing. Here’s hoping for the best. Kurtzman is currently busy filming his directorial debut Welcome to People with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. The film is set to be released sometime in 2012.