Along with the Comic-Con presentation of Divergent, Summit Entertainment also wanted to bring Ender’s Game to close the panel. Exclusive footage was showcased with the help of director Gavin Hood, screenwriter Roberto Orci, and the stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford. Along with that footage came an interesting Q&A as well. Learn more about the SDCC footage and other panel highlights after the break.
Despite the controversy surrounding author Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game received quite the amount of support by fans looking to catch a glimpse of the much anticipated sci-fi adaptation. Unfortunately, Abigail Breslin was unable to make the panel, but the rest of the Ender’s Game crew were lively enough to make the fans giddy with glee.
With something as beloved as Ender’s Game, Roberto Orci and Gavind Hood told the crowd that they made sure to stick to the true story of Ender Wiggin. Hood went on to explain that he values the source material, and that he wasn’t just interested in bringing only special effects to wow mainstream audiences – although there will be a lot of that. The director also spoke on how blessed he was to have material as complex to work with that is still profoundly important even to this day.
Hailee Steinfeld was asked about their training for her role and that they all went through heavy boot camp and space camp to get the full depth of the characters.
Harrison Ford was the biggest highlight of the panel – someone I never thought I would ever be in the same room as – as he got the brunt of most of the questions during the Q&A. One of the real questions he was asked pertained to why he was drawn to this film, which he responded by saying the complexity of moral issues involved with the characters and the military. But sadly, that was the only real question Mr. Ford received as fans lined up to ask him about Han Solo. As you can tell by the pictures I took, his reactions were priceless. Basically, what we earned was Ford’s impression of Clint Eastwood in Gran Turino. He was just not having any of it. What was his second time at Comic-Con will probably be his last he jokes…
As for the clip, which felt more like a new trailer, was very impressive. The first trailer has nothing compared to how expansive and big everything looks in comparison. The trailer has a very strong monologue by Harrison Ford’s Colonel Hyrum Graff, in which he speaks to Ender as to why he is so important to the future. As we listen to the voiceover we see space boot camp training, epic space battle sequences, and Ender taking control of his army. If you weren’t blown away by the first trailer, this new one will leave you anxious for November.
I really dug the darker tone the the footage displayed and the questions it raised definitely has me curious to seek out the book as soon as possible. Hopefully we’ll get the trailer soon so audiences outside of those who sat in Hall H can get a glimpse.
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Along with Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford, Ender’s Game stars Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, and Abigail Breslin. The film will release in US theaters on November 1, 2013.