Well, Ender's Game, the Hugo winning, freakin' amazing book, is finally going to be made into a movie. Harrison Ford is going to play Colonel Graff, and Ben Kingsley is going to be Mazer Rackham.
Scott Card has held firm when the folks in Hollywood kept wanting to up the ages and make it a teen movie. He also commented, at the end of the audiobook, that it's difficult to take a book where so much takes place inside the main character's head. It all came together when they realized they needed to have it be about Bean, too.
Since I love Bean--who got his own story in the Ender's Shadow series, that totally works for me. I recently finished Shadows in Flight. *sniff*
Ender's Game Book Description:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next
attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as
soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his
kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he
loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine
were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the
cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for
rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in
school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock
battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of
young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his
peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the
alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that
he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the
flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general
Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic
experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred
years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for
almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as
he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the
abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.
Bear in mind that Ender is only 12 at the end of the book. What a world when a 12-year-old kid could be considered as a general. Kinda blows the mind, doesn't it?
Have you read Ender's Game? What did you think of it? If you haven't, why not?