Die-hard Ender's Game fans, you can relax (a little bit).
For many of us the comments by Orson Scott Card, author of the controversial 1985 novel, about the script for the movie coming out on Nov. 1, 2013 deviating from the plot of the book had us on edge. We weren't sure what to expect, and we were afraid Hollywood would destroy Ender's Game like it's destroyed so many YA masterpieces (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Golden Compass, and Eragon, to name a few). We wondered if the movie was even going to resemble the book.
Last week, Summit Entertainment released a vague synopsis of the plot of the movie that has allayed our fears at least a little bit. It doesn't seem to deviate, at this zoomed-out level, from the plot. Here's Summit's synopsis:
"In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race."
Are you excited for Ender's Game in 2013, or do you think Hollywood is going to do what Hollywood does to most YA books?