Ender’s Game is mostly a serious series, but every now and then we love a whacky take on things, like this short comic strip by RayArray in which Ender and Bean put aside their differences and plan a little mischief…
Last set we saw Bean in his battle against Percy Jackson’s Thalia Grace. Unfortunately he didn’t make it to the second round with the Wiggin brothers. He was short a few votes which shows that he was very close to victory. Let’s see if we can get Mazer to follow his pupil Ender in victory.
Now we are up to set 5 in this first round of the Clash of the Epic Characters and to our excitement Bean is battling it out against Percy Jackson’s Thalia Grace. Currently it seems Bean is in the lead but we still have ’till 9/12 midnight ET/9pm PT to keep him ahead. So go and vote as much as you like at Schedule of Clashes and check back to see who moves on to round 2!
TheFandom.Net is hosting a series of battles from which characters of 10 popular YA books will be going head to head. Each battle will give a summary of the character and statements from admins of those fandom’s to give support in selling the strengths and greatness of each character.
Many fandom’s have been selected to participate including our very own Ender’s Game fandom. We will be given the opportunity to battle great heroes and warriors from other books and hopefully show what great fighters our characters are. To give you a heads up six of our characters have been reaped into battle. Ender Wiggin, Bean, Valentine Wiggin, Peter Wiggin, Petra Arkanian and Mazer Rackham.
I’ve been told that starting Monday a new poll will go up and that our very own Valentine Wiggin will be placed in one of the battles. So I’ll update you on that when it is opened.
To vote for your favorite character in the current battles go to Schedule of Clashes. This first poll ends tonight midnight ET so if you want to get a look at the first rundown head on over now.
For more info on what books and characters have been reaped into these battles check out COTEC at TheFandom.Net and watch the amazing video they have created for the clashes.
Who will be victor? Who will win? The battle is on.
UPDATE: The first round of battles have ended and victors have been announced! Go check out the winners and the new schedule of battles that are set to begin tomorrow.
Find out how Ender came about, Battle School, Bean, and the Ender saga as well as Earth Unaware.
Here’s was Publishers Weekly said:
To celebrate the release this month of the audiobook version of Earth Unaware, let’s take a look at the following video of Orson Scott Card holding court on all things Ender’s Game.
The audio edition of Earth Unaware is available from Macmillan Audio and read by Stefan Rudnicki and a full cast.
You can check out Publishers Weekly here.
So with production wrapped up, the cast are either back in LA or at work on another movie. Most likely their is editing for the movie going on at the moment but we have heads up that there is also a photoshoot with the cast. Jimmy Jax Pinchak (Peter Wiggin) tweeted this yesterday:
Also, Aramis Knight tweeted about an Ender’s Game reunion:
If they are doing a photoshoot for the cast then hopefully soon we can be delighted with character posters or an official movie poster for the film. How exciting would it be to finally see the whole crew in character?
Today on the Ender’s Game production blog, more questions were answered regarding the film. And a new image was released, as well!
How militaristic will the environment be? Will we be seeing the children treated like the soldiers they are meant to portray? For all intents and purposes they are in boot camp for most of their adolescence. Will we see the characters being broken down?
Funny you should ask. We had a great visit with some online press who visited the set, and they got to talk to our actors. Without giving too much away, they told great stories of not only going to Space Camp, but also having to undergo a form of boot camp with a no nonsense instructor who taught them how to march properly in unison and much more. And when they screwed up they were ordered to do push ups! They got in shape trust me. It’s painful for my self image to see so many young kids with six pack abs. Maybe I should go to boot camp next.
How is the film team approaching the great deal of wonderful internal monologue? Voice-overs rarely translate well to the visual medium of film, so just wondering what types of mechanisms will be considered to convey the “important stuff” inside Ender’s head?
We have a muppet of the Colonel who narrates the whole thing from the future. Oh, no wait, different movie. I joke because that is a great question and I think Gavin would tell you that it was the biggest challenge he faced in composing his script. It was also the most challenging aspect of the casting process. So here we have two things that really make it happen. First, we got such an unbelievable group of actors who can convey so much with their faces and body language… frankly, with their performances, which is something a book is denied using to convey inner emotion or thought.
And secondly, of course, Gavin elegantly translated some of the inner thought into action or character decisions in his script — drama — and that allowed him to find natural places for the characters to speak about what they are going through.
Joey Oliver asks:
How much of Bean’s story will we be hearing about?
Bean who? Oh, Bean! You should know how much Orson Scott Card advocated for as much Bean as we could muster, and really encouraged ways to make him pivotal. You’ll decide if we succeeded! I think we did. And we’re even more excited for you all to experience Aramis Knight’s fantastic portrayal of Bean.
How has the book been adapted to script to work with the ages of the actors?
Time has been compressed impressionistically. Though we don’t specify how much time has passed, leaving it somewhat up to your imagination, it is clear that the time span is not as long as the book’s.
Sarah Pezzat asks:
Is it still about using empathy as a weapon?
One of the great themes that is explored, in more ways than one, is how empathy can be seen as a weakness or a strength. How understanding an enemy makes you also understand their weaknesses. And even how withholding empathy can also be a weapon. The fact that the audience is going to want nothing more than for commanders to show these young people warmth and understanding, but that it has to be weighed against the fear of it being not in the young soldiers best interests in order for them to do what they have to do, makes for fascinating stuff.
What are your thoughts? Are you excited? The fact that the production team is keeping the fans in the loop is such a wonderful thing. We’re so grateful.
We got another update from the Ender’s Game Blog today. And I think this one has to be the most exciting so far.
The picture that accompanies the post shows producer Roberto Orci standing over his ‘director’s chair’ with, I’m assuming, the film script in hand.
Also, check out the background! Looks like the battle school walls.
The post begins with a quote from the memorable scene between Ender and Bean: “I need you to be clever, Bean. I need you to think of solutions to problems we haven’t seen yet.”
But the most exciting part about the post is that they have opened a comment box for us fans to ask questions about anything Ender’s Game related. So if you haven’t yet get on over there and ask something so we can get as much information as possible.
This has to be my favorite post so far. I am a die hard Laker fan so to see the cast enjoying themselves at a game makes me feel much more closer to them. Today Aramis Knight (Bean), Moises Arias (Bonzo), Asa Butterfield (Ender) and Hailee Steinfield (Petra) attended the Lakers vs. Hornets game in New Orleans.
Fortunately, the Lakers won 93-91, Kobe Bryant (the all-star of the team for those of you who don’t know) didn’t play. So, though they didn’t get to see him play, it was a great game to attend.
Another pic just to see what their view of the game was. Extremely lucky.
Things are starting to move in the Ender’s Game movie world as the production blog has posted two more photos from their Tumblr account.
Here’s just a hint of how Battle School will look like.
If you think regular school is tough, try it in a rotating space station. And by the way, do you have a hall pass for hall number 0058? Because if you don’t, you could end up scrubbing the showers. When you first arrive at Battle School, all you perceive is its utility, its functionality… that is until you enter the BATTLE ROOM, where there is no up, no down, and ZERO G’s. Movie making can become overly reliant on digital worlds, and nothing can replace a well-built set that you can see and touch and stand in the middle of, fooling you into thinking you are really there. Enjoy this small taste of Ender’s big world. We’ll see a lot more in the weeks to come.
“Houston, we have a problem. We don’t know how to land the Shuttle.” Good thing it’s just a simulator safely on the ground at SPACE CAMP in Huntsville, Alabama. Aramis, Moises, Asa & Suraj (pictured above from a monitor in the MISSION CONTROL ROOM ) and the rest of our cast agreed that to do Ender’s Game right, they had to train as though they were really headed into ZERO G. And this wasn’t just an afternoon spent taking a vanity tour. From the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), which simulates extra-vehicular shuttle missions in Earth’s orbit, to the microgravity training chair that prepared astronauts for moonwalks during the Apollo program, the week at Space Camp was genuine prep for the feeling of reality that this movie deserves. And after all, the army that trains together stays together.
I gotta say, I’m extremely envious that these child actors got to go to Space Camp and do simulation missions and training!
Source: Ender’s Game Blog