It was a nearly three decade journey to get the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” to the big screen.
The result was a $110 million film with mediocre reviews, and a respectable $28 million domestic opening. That’s not enough to guarantee a sequel, especially as early international openings indicate the global market isn’t likely to pick up any domestic box-office shortfall.
The other complication is that Card’s sequel novel, “Speaker for the Dead,” is a whole different beast and set 3,000 years after the events of ‘Ender’. A workaround for that particular problem is in the works though as Card is said to be currently writing a novel that will serve as a more traditional sequel.
The first film’s writer/director Gavin Hood tells Hero Complex that a sequel, if it were made, would more likely focus elsewhere:
“[Would I make a sequel is] a great question, but I think it’s such a difficult one to answer, because the sequel ‘Speaker for the Dead’ takes place 3,000 years after, so we’re in an interesting place.
I think we have to hope that audiences respond to the film… And Orson is apparently writing something that’s more of a direct follow called “Fleet School”.
Obviously, from the studio’s point of view, they’d almost certainly want to move the characters from this film into the next journey. So it may be that ‘Speaker for the Dead’ is not the sequel now.”
Card says that “Fleet School” deals directly with the fallout at the end of “Ender’s Game”:
“[The new book is] for a YA audience, but it’s about what happens to Battle School after the International Fleet loses its purpose of war.
It becomes what is called Fleet School and it prepares kids to be commanders [and] explorers in the colonies that are forming.
[We] get to see as the school administrators repurpose the school. The Battle Room is still there, but it’s a whole different kind of education.