When aliens threaten another invasion against Earth, Harrison Ford suggests mankind find "a new kind of soldier. One who doesn't think the way we think, fear the things we fear--one the enemy would never expect." Instead of dogs or the mentally ill, they go with children, because that's the questionable creative decision Orson Scott Card made for his 1985 sci-fi classic, Ender's Game. As promised last week, here's the first teaser for X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood's adaptation of the novel, which sees Hugo's Asa Butterfield as the future's greatest hope for a child commander.
I'm not all that sure how accurate it looks compared to the book, but from what I've heard of 12-year-olds reacting to intense battle simulations, I'll tell you it sounds nothing like XBox Live:
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The first teaser for Ender's Game won't be here until Tuesday, but if you just can't wait to see what the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has done with that book you liked, here's a preview with a little footage and an introduction from stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield. Ford references Google and YouTube with the conviction of having used them and knowing how they might relate. Guy's still got it.
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Orson Scott Card's classic, award-winning, nerd-favorite novel Ender's Game has been in and out of various stages of film development for years, with studios trying desperately to make this effer into a billion-dollar franchise but the whole thing always falling apart either through internal issues or conflict with the conservative author. Now, though, it looks like someone is willing to give it a shot again, with the LA Times revealing that Tsotsi director Gavin Hood has rewritten a script from Card himself and is working on setting up the project to direct. The writer had previously told the paper he doesn't want the film to be a "tough-hero action film," so if Hood wants to get this going, I'd say he should probably keep Card away from his last film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Because, presumably, Card also doesn't want the film to be horrible.
Gavin had mixed feelings; he'd never before won an award and passed a kidney stone on the same day.
Gavin Hood has been announced as the director of Wolverine, the X-Men spinoff starring Hugh Jackman. Hood is a dirty South African best known for writing and directing Tsotsi. I haven't seen Tsotsi, so I can't really speak to his competence as a director, but I do know that Afrikaans sounds really silly.
X-Men 3 director Brett Ratner was originally attached to the project, but split with producers after insisting Wolverine be played by Chris Tucker. I also saw him kick a pigeon once. True story.
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