- Cast: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy, Khylin Rhambo, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jessica Harthcock, Kyle Russell Clements, Han Soto, Edrick Browne, Caleb J. Thaggard, Ty Parker Schuette, Giovanni Silva, Jacob Leinbach, Tony Mirrcandani, Christopher Coakley, Cameron Gaskins, Cameron Fachman, Yung Swizz'Agg, Noëlle Renée Bercy, Kelvin Harrison
- Director: Gavin Hood
- Writers: Gavin Hood, Orson Scott Card
- Producers: Orson Scott Card, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Alex Kurtzman, Linda McDonough, Roberto Orci, Gigi Pritzker, Ed Ulbrich
- Associate Producer: Aaron Johnston
- Executive Producers: David Coatsworth, Deborah Del Prete, Bill Lischak, Ted Ravinett, Venkatesh Roddam, Mandy Safavi, Ivy Zhong
- Art Direction: A. Todd Holland
- Casting: John Papsidera
- Costume Design: Christine Bieselin Clark
- D.O.P.: Donald McAlpine
- Editors: Lee Smith, Zach Staenberg
- Makeup: Trefor Proud
- Music: Steve Jablonsky
- Production Designs: Sean Haworth, Ben Procter
- Set Decoration: Peter Lando
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: British Columbia, Canada; New Orleans, USA
- Production Budget: $80 million
- Production Companies: Summit Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Chartoff Productions, Taleswapper, OddLot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Digital Domain
- Production Schedule: 22 February 2012 - 15 June 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Twenty-eight years after its publication, and seventeen years after he first put pen to paper on a screenplay adaptation, eccentric author Orson Scott Card's sci-fi tale "Ender's Game" is finally coming to the screen. First set up at Warners ten years ago with Wolfgang Petersen attached to direct, news on the project would seem to re-emerge and then disappear every few years as those involved would lose interest and move on.
It wasn't until about three years ago that the current incarnation started to come together at Odd Lot Entertainment. First, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" helmer Gavin Hood became attached to direct in late 2010, followed shortly by "Star Trek" and "Transformers" scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who came onboard to produce in early 2011. Summit Entertainment picked it up for distribution, and production finally got underway in February this year.
The story is set seven decades after a hostile alien race have attacked Earth. Preparing for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children in order to find a future prospect to lead the International Fleet. Enter Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy and strategically brilliant boy pulled out of his school to join the elite. Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself as the military's next great hope in the epic battle that will determine the future of Earth.
While Card penned the earliest drafts of the film adaptation back in the late 1990s, Gavin Hood penned the script for this and Card has specifically stated that only a few scenes from the film actually appeared in the novel. That said, he's not that fussed about liberties being taken with the source material. When discussing his visit to the set back in April, he said: "My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood's movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene." Card himself recorded a voice-only cameo as a pilot making an announcement to his passengers.
Orci says the book and film both explore modern warfare's reliance on video game-like aspects - how this new technology is desensitising people to the actual horror of warfare. It's an interesting issue and one certainly worth exploring, however Card's contentious public image in the wake of certain op-ed pieces about homosexuality and gay marriage could become a talking point in discussions about the film. That said, Card's political and religious beliefs aren't reflected in the novel, and any adaptation with a sizeable budget like this (said to be over $100 million) will likely play it safe at every turn."