Gavin Hood’s (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) Ender’s Game is one most anticipated sci-fi movies in a long, long time. Orson Scott Card’s epic, sweeping saga is getting an aesthetically appropriate release as Lionsgate will unleash the adventure in IMAX.
Principal photography on Ender’s Game wrapped up a few months ago, but you’ll have to wait until November 1st, 2013, to see Andrew “Ender” Wiggin battle his classmates and buggers on the big screen. This will be the first of Lionsgate’s two IMAX releases in the month of November—The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will storm theaters later that month on the 22nd.
Wouldn’t you love to see Ender and the other kids bouncing around the Battle Room in null gravity, freezing each other, all filmed in glorious 70mm? I was already pumped up for this movie, but knowing that it will be in IMAX is even more exciting. Let’s hope that Hood puts the technology to good use, there are ample opportunities for him to do so.
Ender’s Game tells the story of a young boy taken away from his family, enrolled in a battle school orbiting Earth, and tasked with becoming a great military commander in order to save humanity from an alien invasion. No pressure there, or anything.
If Ender’s Game hits big with audiences, there is the potential for this to become another lucrative, long-running franchise for Lionsgate. At the moment, the Ender series encompasses dozens of novels, short stories, and comic books. This could conceivably go on for years and years.
Hood adapted the screenplay from Card’s 1985 novel. Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield as Ender, Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, Abigail Breslin as Valentine, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham, and many more.