First Look: 'Ender's Game' Hungering For A Hit?

I'm not saying all dystopian kid-warrior movies set in the future are going to be shamelessly crib from their successful predecessors (especially those adapted from exceptionally popular, award-winning, decades-old tomes), but something feels and looks really familiar in the first official photo from 2013's Ender's Game, based on Orson Scott Card's Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novel.

In the first look, which debuted over at EW along with a preview chat with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine), Asa Butterfield stars as Ender, a young Battle School recruit being trained to fight an interstellar war, gets a stern glare from Harrison Ford's Colonel Graff.

Ender's Game Movie

In the cash-littered wake of The Hunger Games, the first few looks at Ender's Game hit the futuristic teen sci-fi signposts: A muted blue palette, austere high-tech aesthetic, retro-fascism (meets, hmm — American Apparel?) garb, kids playing games... TO THE DEATH.

But hey, whatever works. Ender's Game hits theaters November 1, 2013.

[via EW]

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  • James Leslie says:

    But wasn't Ender recruited when he was 6? This kid is waaaay too old...

  • He already works around the clock!

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  • Alan says:

    Article author could not POSSIBLY sound more smug.

  • nathanward01 says:

    Um... Long time fan of the Ender Universe, and in NONE of the books staged at Battleschool did it talk about how the games were "to the death..." If THAT is actually placed into the movie, then that ruins the ENTIRE point of Battleschool thus ruining the entire movie. With all due respect to the author, I'm sure it was just an oversight in trying to compare the new EG movie to the Hungergames. I concur as to the look and feel based on the photo and yes, it kind of turns my stomach to think that Orison Scott Card would crumble like that after so many decades of refusing to allow such degradation to his books and their essence in the transition to movies... No, it's not hard to see the similarities when looking at the one photo. It's the first thing that came to my mind. No need to over sell the visual connections is all, I guess.