With all the Star Wars brouhaha, I seemed to have forgotten all about another eagerly anticipated sci-fi film being released next year. Written and directed by local boytjie Gavin Hood, the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has been rather silent of late, with the last substantial bit of news coming all the way back in April.
But now a full synopsis for the film has finally been released, to give those folks who have never read the book a taste of what to expect.
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.
Narrative-wise, Hood certainly hasn’t appeared to stray too far from Card’s original story, so now we just need to see some visuals other than photos of actors training for their roles or set pics of fake bulkhead doors (seriously guys, that lost it’s charm after… well, actually it never had any charm to begin with) to see what Hood has crafted matches up as well.
Hopefully now that we’ve surpassed the one year mark until Ender’s Game’s November 1st 2013 release date, we’ll start seeing a bit more promo material.