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Lionsgate

In a recent stock analysis story by Variety, it was revealed that Lionsgate holds the rights to all 12 novels in the Ender series.

Warning, the following quote may cause you to gouge out your eyes.

A cult favorite among teen boys and young men since its publication in 1985, it’s been described as “Star Wars meets Harry Potter.”

“While the book on which the film is based is a classic of the genre, we think the film remains a bit of a longshot to achieve breakout success (which we would define as a domestic box office in excess of $125 million) due to some potentially challenging subject matter,” he added.

It’s been previously stated that the budget for Ender’s Game was around $100 million.

Harrigan said in his report that “Ender’s Game” has “distinct fanboy and likely general audience appeal” with Lionsgate possibly responsible for 10% to 15% of the production cost. He also noted Lionsgate has rights to all 12 of Card’s “Ender’s Game” series, adding that not all of them are readily adaptable for film.

I feel I should note that if you haven’t read the book, the original Variety article spoils the ending.

Thanks to fanette for the news tip!

2 Comments »

  1. rokos says:

    aw, the comparison is not so bad. All three stories are classic initiation stories (boy, accompanied by older man, goes on a journey, encounters evil and comes out of the experience jaded, but matured). All three boys are exceptional. All three boys have 2 friends who end up as a couple. HP has the age and the school setting, SW has the space setting and the final act of destruction. All have father figures they feel betrayed by. All encounter a war in which they have to prove themselves. And I could go on.

    There are, however, at least 2 major points which make Ender’s Game unique. 1.) Ender is isolated. 2.) Ender’s maturation process is not initially conscious. (Luke makes a conscious decision to give up when he realizes he is too close to the dark side of the force; Harry makes a conscious decision to not use a killing curse against Voldemort, because he decides he is not a killer. Both decisions happen before the final catastrophe occurs.) I believe that these two points make Ender’s story so tragic and heartbreaking, because unlike Luke and Harry, Ender does not come out of the experience strengthened. He is utterly destroyed.

  2. first_fanette says:

    aw, the comparison is not so bad. All three stories are classic initiation stories (boy, accompanied by older man, goes on a journey, encounters evil and comes out of the experience jaded, but matured). All three boys are exceptional. All three boys have 2 friends who end up as a couple. HP has the age and the school setting, SW has the space setting and the final act of destruction. All have father figures they feel betrayed by. All encounter a war in which they have to prove themselves. And I could go on.

    There are, however, at least 2 major points which make Ender’s Game unique. 1.) Ender is isolated. 2.) Ender’s maturation process is not initially conscious. (Luke makes a conscious decision to give up when he realizes he is too close to the dark side of the force; Harry makes a conscious decision to not use a killing curse against Voldemort, because he decides he is not a killer. Both decisions happen before the final catastrophe occurs.) I believe that these two points make Ender’s story so tragic and heartbreaking, because unlike Luke and Harry, Ender does not come out of the experience strengthened. He is utterly destroyed.

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