Orson Scott Card’s epic sci-fi novel finally gets the big screen treatment, as Ender’s Game hits theaters November 1. Harrison Ford, whose foray into Star Wars and Blade Runner, gives him a bit of experience in the genre, says the film has a different take on the average war film.
“The themes are individual responsibilities,” says Ford, who was seen earlier this year in 42. “What the military does to create leadership capacity. But this is a strange situation here. We’re talking about a world government meeting the threat of an alien invasion. So there’s not the usual issues of militarism and military adventure. This is not one country with a national interesting trying to control another country.”
“This is not a national kind of patriotism. This military is in aid of protecting life on earth. These themes, while they seem familiar, are a little bit differentiated by the world and the context that they come up in.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ford praise Ender’s Game co-star Asa Butterfield (he plays Ender Wiggin in the film).
Orson Scott Card’s revered bestseller Ender’s Game is one of this year’s most anticipated films, and it’s great to see Harrison Ford return to the sci-fi genre he successfully mined with the Star Wars franchise and Blade Runner. This time out, Ford plays Colonel Hyrum Graff, one of the mentors of Ender Wiggin (Hugo actor Asa Butterfield), a youth who may have the talent and guts to defeat an alien race called the Formics.
The picture also features supporting work from Ben Kingsley (as International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and The Help actress Viola Davis, who starred with George Clooney in the space drama Solaris.
The picture is directed by Gavin Hood, the filmmaker behind Tsotsi and the underrated X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Arriving today on DVD and Blu-ray is HUGO, a 3D family film from MARTIN SCORSESE. Based on BRIAN SELZNICK’S novel THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, the story centers on an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station who has adventures with an eccentric girl and a mysteriously stoic toy shop owner. The screenplay was written by JOHN LOGAN and the cast includes ASA BUTTERFIELD, CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, BEN KINGSLEY, SACHA BARON COHEN, JUDE LAW and CHRISTOPHER LEE.In part, an homage to the early days of filmmaking, the film is a valentine from SCORSESE to the world of cinema. At the press conference to promote the theatrical release ofthe film, MORETZ confessed that keeping up with SCORSESE’S encyclopedic knowledge of all things “movie” was no easy task. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Currently in theaters, HUGO is a beautifully rendered family film from MARTIN SCORSESE based on BRIAN SELZNICK’S award winning children’s novel THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET. Telling the story of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station, the adventure thickens when he gets involved with a stoic toy shop owner and an eccentric young girl. Adapted for the screen by JOHN LOGAN, the film stars ASA BUTTERFIELD, CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, BEN KINGSLEY, SACHA BARON COHEN, JUDE LAW and CHRISTOPHER LEE. At the recent press conference for the film, MORETZ confessed that keeping up with SCORSESE’S encyclopedic knowledge of cinema was no easy task. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
It’s hard to imagine a better holiday family film this season than HUGO, director MARTIN SCORSESE’S big-screen rendition of BRIAN SELZNICK’S award-winning children’s book, THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET. At its center is the titular 11-year-old orphan who keeps the clocks running in the hectic 1930s Paris train station where he secretly lives within its walls. But, at its heart, is SCORSESE’S passionate embrace of cinematic history. Beautifully adapted for the screen by JOHN LOGAN, the film stars ASA BUTTERFIELD, CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, BEN KINGSLEY, SACHA BARON COHEN, JUDE LAW and CHRISTOPHER LEE.
As a bitter toy-shop keeper, KINGSLEY brings the right amount of cranky to the mix and, during a press conference to promote the film, he explained his decision to stay in character off-screen as well as on. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)