After years, nay, decades of being stuck in development
hell heck, it seems a film version of one of my favorite books of all time, Ender’s Game, is finally getting the big screen treatment. According to this article:
Summit Entertainment, the production company behind "The Twilight Saga" films, has acquired the rights to the youth-oriented "Ender’s Game" franchise. … The shoot is scheduled to run from February 24, 2012 through June 8, 2012.
To be honest, I’m not holding my breath for the film to be amazing. It certainly has potential, but I think it will be a very tough adaptation. Although it’s sci-fi, and there’s certainly some sci-fi battle action involved, it is not an action adventure story. It is, I think, a drama more than anything else. And if they overdo the action and underplay the social issues, I don’t think it’ll work story-wise. But if they overdo the social issues and underplay the action, it will be a marketing nightmare. The story deals with a "battle school" filled with children, yet it is certainly not a happy Disney-ish or Nickelodeon-ish kids’ adventure, and I hope they don’t try turning it into one, even though that would make it much more marketable.
All that said, I’m excited that it’s finally gotten to this point of development, and I look forward to watching what happens.