Summit-Lionsgate's anticipated feature adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel Ender's Game already has a lot going for it, between the source material and the stars, which include Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield, who's playing the title character. Now it's adding an Oscar winning composer to its credits in James Horner.
Gavin Hood's directing the film, which finished shooting last year and is set to release into theaters this fall. Set in the future when man is at war with an alien race, the film stars Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, an incredibly smart, strategic and compassionate boy who's recruited to a space-set training school where kids play games and study war tactics in anticipation of the next battle against the formics.
The setting and the plot fall firmly in the science fiction genre, but like a lot of great sci-fi, at its core, Ender's Game is a human story, with its focus on the test of a young boy's character as he attempts to make it through training school, and comes to discover his leadership abilities in the face of situations far beyond what any kid should have to deal with. With all of that in mind, there are sure to be many scenes in the film that can be musically enhanced with the right score, and that's where James Horner comes in. ComicBookMovie (crediting Film Music Reporter) says Horner has been hired to score the film.
Horner's list of film credits is lengthy and includes involvement in films like Willow, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Aliens and Avatar. He's earned a number of Academy Award nominations and two wins (both for Titanic). Among his recent composing credits is The Amazing Spider-Man.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of music Horner brings to Ender's Game, which arrives in theaters November 1. More information on the film can be found in our Blend Film Database.
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