After receiving over 300 questions about the production of Ender’s Game, producer Roberto Orci chose five questions to answer that revealed things that may do more to ease fans minds about what this movie is ultimately about. We also get a look at Battle School name tags!
Starting off with a question (from me!) about his favorite scene from the book, Roberto reveals that he always loved when Ender played the Giant’s Drink game.
As fans of the book, what is your favorite scene from the book? Do you have a different favorite scene from the movie?
I always loved the scenes within the Mind Game that Ender believes he plays for recreation in the orbiting battle school. Part video game, part psychological test, and if you know the book, part something extraordinary that shouldn’t be given away for those who have not read the book. As for my favorite scene from the movie, we are still filming it so I haven’t seen it yet!
Another fan, Reuben, asked how this production has differed from his work in the past.
Question to Mr. Orci — How has this production differed from past (and other current) projects? I’m especially interested to know how you feel about the cast’s interactions and your feelings about the script, now that you see it ‘in action’.
Gavin’s script made me jealous, but it was also a relief that he had satisfied what I would want as a fan from a difficult adaptation. Also, I have never worked with so many talented young actors who became friends so fast under such amazing circumstances. Seeing Asa, who plays Ender, and Hailee, who plays Petra, floating high above the set and getting the giggles was amazing and frightening all at once. They laughed for like twenty minutes, which as a producer on a clock eager to finish your shooting day can give you a heart attack. But soon we all had the giggles, and the joy of it overcame the panic.
It’s definitely nice to hear that the cast is having a great time. Author Orson Scott Card made it sound almost too strenuous for the young actors in his recent account of his set visit!
Echoing a common fan question, Orci next tackled the subject of visuals.
Chris Neumann asks:
What are the visual influences for the movie? Syd Mead or Star Trek? 2001 or Armageddon? Jon Berkey or Michael Bay?
One thing I can tell you is that Gavin Hood is a gigantic Stanley Kubrick fan, and it shows. And yet, in some of the Zero G battles, things are going on that Kubrick never had a chance to tackle. The technology and advancements in film making available to us allowed us to realize a vision that is totally unique and modern while also being, as Harrison Ford calls it, one of the most emotional science fiction movies he has ever seen.
As a fan one of my many concerns is that Ender’s Game would turn out to be purely an action/adventure movie with young adults, but hopefully Harrison Ford’s assessment is proof that that’s not the case with this film.
William Harley asks:
How much time is going to be spent on developing Graff’s relationship with Ender? To me, those insights into the command level of the school really brought out the meaning of leadership and how to tackle the challenges that come up.
The relationship between Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and Ender (Asa Butterfield) is key to the movie’s success. Graff would love nothing more than to be Ender’s friend, yet Graff can’t always show it because he has to make it clear to Ender that in the event of another alien invasion, there will be no one available to help him. Their relationship is simultenously heartbreaking and fun.
Since Ender overhearing a conversation between Graff and Mazer has always been, to me, one of the most heartbreaking and emotional scenes of the book, it’s great to hear they understand the importance of this relationship.
Lastly, Orci answered what may be the most important question of it all: what type of movie they’re making.
Is it a movie for adults, about kids, or a kids movie? I hope for the former.
Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR. We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age.
It seemed, overall, to be a good mixture of questions, though one that was asked but not addressed was whether Locke and Demosthenes were a part of the movie or ended up not making it into the adaptation. Hopefully this gets answered soon, as I know I’d need quite a bit of time to recover from the loss of that aspect of the movie.
Source: Ender’s Game Blog