I was tempted to title this as Harrison Ford returns to Comic-Con – and NOT as Han Solo! But starting on July 18th, there is going to be a slew of ‘Ender’s Game’ themed events throughout Comic-Con in order to push the film before its November release. The very first day in Hall H, there is a planned panel that stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. We’re also going to get a full round of cast interviews and conversations to help lead us to what will be one of the hardest book-to-film adaptations that could successfully be pulled off. With bullying being such a hot topic over the past couple of years, it’s fitting that this movie is now seeing the light of day as a case of bullying early on is what helped define Ender in his growth as a character.
The interviews aren’t all, though, and one of the biggest events will take place on the Hilton Gaslamp lawn which will showcase eight rooms that show off the most recognizable environments of Ender’s World. Not only will these rooms showcase the environments, but attendees will have a chance to see never-before-seen new footage from the movie itself!
Of course they’ll have a booth in the showroom as well, as if there was any doubt! The booth will be in the Grand Hall where there they will also be showing footage and have premium promotional items that will be distributed to all who stop by. For those who hate lines (and the one at the Hilton Gaslamp Lawn will probably be huge!), the booth will also have opportunities to win passes to get you right to the head of the line!
With all of these things, it would sound like everything is going great in the world of ‘Ender’s Game’. That may be true for everyone but the controversial author, Orson Scott Card. Deadline recently announced that the studio doesn’t want him attending Comic-Con let alone any of the upcoming promotional appearances for the film – especially after DC had an artist quit on his Superman project before shelving it for the foreseeable future. Clearly the execs of the film don’t want the same kind of backlash from potential fans who might protest the film due to his politics.
Say what you will about the author, his book is top notch. ‘Ender’s Game’ is a fantastic story that combines questions of morality, war, and coming of age. I really want to see how this ends up being put together and hope the source material is done justice.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
‘Ender’ Game’ is slated to be released on November 1, 2013.