Gavin Hood, the unfairly fanboy-maligned director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is currently at work developing a big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. The novel is set in a world where humanity is losing in war with a formidable alien race, and where children are trained from a young age to be members of the military. “Ender” is the nickname of one of these kids, and the novel tells of his training. It’s the first book in a series which takes us into the heart of the war and, conceivably, the film may adapt more than just the first novel’s worth of storyline.
Note: this story contains some zero-gravity battles, and battle games, that should put Inception‘s most celebrated sequence to shame.
Things appear to be ticking along nicely with the adaptation, with producer Bob Orci last night tweeting:
Ender’s Game! Us(K/O), Oddlot, and Gavin Hood taking his amazing script to the town! Who wants some?
Some people in the twit-o-blogosphere assumed that this meant Kurtzman and Orci were scripting the film, though it didn’t take it long for tracking boards to boast numerous posts confirming that, actually, the Tranformers and Star Trek writers were only producing the film and that Hood had written the screenplay himself.
Hopefully we’ll hear this week that a studio has picked the project up. It’s a novel rich in potential for big screen adaptation.