Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel, Ender’s Game, is hotly anticipated for a variety of reasons. Based on a beloved work of science fiction, the story is great, most of us will watch anything that Harrison Ford is in, and now we have yet one more incentive to tune in, because the music is going to kick ass as well. Acclaimed composer James Horner has signed on to score the film.
Best known for providing the soundtracks to movies like Titanic, Troy, Avatar, and Braveheart (and let us not overlook Krull), Horner’s music adds a sense of epic scale to any motion picture.
In the future, after a hostile alien race called Formics have invaded and been repelled by the heroic Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), the human race prepares for another attack. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is a shy, reserved young boy. He also happens to be a tactical genius, and is plucked from his home and taken to Battle School, an elite military academy in space. There he trains alongside other students, playing strategy games and participating in combat exercises. Younger and smaller than his compatriots, Ender excels, quickly eclipsing his peers, which only further isolates him.
Is Ender the next great hope for the human race? Will he flame out in the accelerated pace, or will he be crushed under the immense pressure?
There have reportedly been some fairly large changes made in transferring Ender’s Game from page to screen, but hopefully the movie will live up to the source material. If nothing else, Horner’s style definitely matches up well with the scope and breadth of the movie.
Ender’s Game is scheduled for release on November 1, 2013.