Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel Ender’s Game had quite a tumultuous path to the big screen, but after nearly thirty years in development, the movie finally made it to theaters last weekend. Reviews have been mixed – read ours here – and despite the movie costing $110 million and only bringing in $36 million worldwide so far, whispers of a possible sequel are now popping up.
Card wrote a true sequel to “Ender’s Game” called “Speaker for the Dead,” which takes place more than 30 years after the events of the first book. It apparently features very little action and isn’t exactly the kind of rousing thing you’d expect from a studio sequel, but Card seems to have a workaround to that little problem: according to Hero Complex, he’s now working on a new novel called “Fleet School” which follows many of the same characters as the first book/movie. Director Gavin Hood spoke with the outlet (via /Film) about what could happen with an Ender’s Game sequel:
It’s a great question, but I think it’s such a difficult one to answer, because the sequel “Speaker for the Dead” takes place 30 years after, so we’re in an interesting place. I think we have to hope that audiences respond to the film… And Orson is apparently writing something that’s more of a direct follow called [“Fleet School“]. Obviously, from the studio’s point of view, they’d almost certainly want to move the characters from this film into the next journey. So it may be that “Speaker for the Dead” is not the sequel now.
But to be perfectly honest, I don’t think we can count our sequels before they hatch. We’ve got a complicated film here. I hope that it does two things. I hope that it gives the audiences the visual excitement that they want from a big movie, but it does have the challenge of asking questions that films of this kind don’t usually ask. And we’ll have to see whether audiences embrace that. Most big popcorn movies are bad guy does something to good guy, good guy gets revenge on bad guy, sets the world right and moves on. And “Ender’s Game” is just not that simple, so it’s an exciting challenge. It’s a little terrifying, and let’s see how audiences respond. I hope they respond well so we can keep doing films that are not just goodies versus baddies.
Of course, with all of the boycotts of the Ender’s Game film because of Card’s outspoken anti-gay political stance, it may be a bit more difficult than usual to convince a studio to go back to that particular well when making a new movie. It seems like a lot of things need to fall in place for this film sequel to happen, so we’re certainly not holding our breath. In the meantime, watch this cool “making of” video from Ender’s Game which reveals how the Zero-G Battle Room sequences were shot:
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