Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment presented their young adult sci-fi feature “Ender’s Game” at Comic Con yesterday where the question of author Orson Scott Card’s involvement in the film was the first question asked.
The film has been the focus of controversy due to Card’s famous anti-gay comments over the years, something the studio has been distancing the film from in recent weeks. Producer Robert Orci responded to the question saying:
“Our first reaction was you never want to invite controversy but we decided to use the attention that’s on this no matter how it got here to completely and unequivocally support Lionsgate’s statement in support of LGBT rights and human rights.
A lot of people worked on this movie. I would hate to see the efforts of all the people who made this movie thwarted for the less than 1% of the people behind the movie, particularly because the message of the book and the movie is tolerance, compassion and empathy.”
Actor Harrison Ford added: “I think we all know that we’ve won. That humanity has won and that’s the end of the story.”
Orci and director Gavin Hood introduced first-look footage from the movie which went over well with the crowd. Much of the rest of the Q&A was taken up with questions to Ford. Ford also told Hitfix in a post-panel interview he’d be up for a fifth “Indiana Jones” if they “came up with a good script”.
The presentation came after Summit’s panel for Neil Burger’s “Divergent” which finished shooting two days ago. Reports indicate the first look footage from that movie didn’t go over as well as “Ender’s Game” did.