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With a failed Warner Brothers adaptation attempt already under its belt, the ultra-popular Ender's Game seemed destined to languish on Hollywood shelves forever. The price tag seemed too high and the rumored history of aggressive, hands on involvement from its author too persistent for a studio to officially take the leap of faith, but Summit, looking for things to do now that Twilight is nearing its conclusion, has bit the bullet and purchased the rights to the Orson Scott Card novel with an eye toward moving on the project immediately.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine helmer Gavin Hood has been reportedly slaving over a screenplay on and off for the better part of the last year, and both Summit and co-financers Odd Lot are happy enough with it that they'll move forward with him in place as director. Perhaps more importantly, Orson Scott Card has also given at least tacit approval to the script, and he'll carry on with the project as a producer.
Ender's Game, originally a short story and later refashioned as a novel, came out in its most well-known form in 1985. It follows a government's attempts to rebuild through the recruitment of brilliant preteens following a vicious alien invasion. Through the implementation of a unique sport, the government monitors the abilities of the chosen children and quickly focuses its efforts on one in particular who shows an aptitude for foresight.
If all goes well, Ender's Game will begin production by early next year. By then, Summit hopes to have secured European distribution, as well as a bevy of unknown future stars to play the protagonists. According to Deadline, the studio is currently prepping a presentation to show later this year at Cannes to seduce interested parties. It'll probably help if they fell in love with the series as children.
As with any beloved novel, the ultimate key here will be to do Ender's Game justice. That doesn't mean following the source material to the letter but rather crafting a movie that works that also keeps the spirit of the material it's adapting. Fingers crossed.