After waiting for what seems like forever, the Ender’s Game movie is finally going to see the light of day. Principle photography ended back in June and slowly but surely more information and the first official images from the film. Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at the film and you can see a larger version of the image above at the link.
You can also find a few musings on whether Ender’s Game is looking to follow in the Hungers Games’ footsteps. They aren’t the only ones. After the release of this first image, blogs across the web have been posting comparisons between the two films. After all, it’s also a movie about kids fighting one another, training in their flashy, futuristic track suits. Few fail to mention that the Ender’s Game source material predates the Hunger Games by decades and yet there still exists that subtle accusation that, really, it’s Ender’s Game that’s ripping off the Hunger Games.
To be fair, it not for the Hunger Games movie’s success it’s unlikely we ever would have seen Ender’s Game on the big screen. Hollywood has been talking about it for years but the project had never before seemed quite feasible. Now that the young adult dystopian genre is the money maker, Ender’s Game finally has a chance to make it big. But will the film be able to make a name for itself if it’s constantly being compared to the Hunger Games and any number of other similar, upcoming films?
As a long time fan of the Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow I am certainly hopeful. From what I’ve read in interviews with the director, he’s a real fan of the original book and has worked closely with the author to make sure that the movie remains faithful despite a number of necessary changes. And with a cast of such talented young people – and, of course, Harrison Ford playing Colonel Graff – I think there is plenty of potential for one fantastic movie.
We’ll find out for ourselves in November 2013.
(Image via EW.com)