An Ender’s Game’s sequel might be an original story, according to the film’s producer, who admitted that the follow-up movie could skip the second instalment to Orson Scott Card’s book series, Speaker of the Dead.”
Robert Orci has been discussing the ideas behind a possible second film to the film series, which is still yet to be greenlit by Liongsgate.
Orci noted that they are considering exploring an original story that’s not based on Orson Scott Card’s second book, and a legal dispute means that they might have to go down that route anyway.
“They have rights to certain… books,” he revealed. “I’m not sure which ones, and it’s two companies so I’m not sure who controls [Speaker for the Dead].”
During an interview with CraveOnline, he added, “It could be potentially original because in Speaker for the Dead you pick him up when he’s already a man. There might be an in between step if that happens.”
Orci continued, “That’s why I think the rights that they worked out is it could either be one of the books or it could be original or a mix so that you can do what you need to do for a movie.”
Gavin Hood, who directed the first instalment to the franchise, which was released in 2013, also echoed Orci’s sentiments, remarking, “Speaker for the Dead takes place 30 years after, so we’re in an interesting place…. And Orson is apparently writing something that’s more of a direct follow called [Fleet School]. Obviously, from the studio’s point of view, they’d almost certainly want to move the characters from this film into the next journey. So it may be that Speaker for the Dead is not the sequel now…”
Ender’s Game only managed to amass $112million at the world wide box office, from a budget of $110million. This mediocre response to the franchise means that, even though Hood was prepared to make a sequel, plans for either a second film or a proposed television series have currently been placed on hold and remain uncertain.
The film revolves Asa Butterfield’s Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy located in outer space to prepare for an imminent alien invasion. It starred Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley.
Ender’s Game was overshadowed by controversial comments from the series’ author, Orson Scott Card, regarding same-sex marriage and homosexuality.
He once wrote that the acceptance of gay marriage would lead to the “end of democracy in America,” and begin a “slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as ‘mentally ill.’”