November 2013 is shaping up to be Game time. Summit Entertainment and its new parent company Lionsate decided to push the Gavin Hood-directed adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game from March 13, 2013, to Nov. 1, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This will put the film in theaters a mere three weeks before Lionsgate’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
But, that’s all part of the plan, the trade paper contends. Lionsgate and Summit are hoping the follow-up to the blockbuster Hunger Games will help boost Ender’s Game. Will it work? Who knows. It’s not like Ender’s Game doesn’t have a die-hard fan following similar to that of Suzanne Collins’ sci-fi trilogy, but it would stand to reason that they skew a bit older considering the Ender’s books debuted in 1985.
Thematically speaking, the two stories have similar premises, with children fighting like adults for the survival of their people. In Ender’s Game, Ender Wiggin (played by Asa Butterfield), a prodigy when it comes to military tactics, heads to space school to learn how to fight alien invaders dubbed “buggers.” There he not only acquires important alien-fighting skills but also befriends a girl named Petra Arkanian (True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld). Harrison Ford, Ben Kinglsey, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Aramis Knight, Moises Arias, Suraj Parthasarathy, Khylin Rhambo and Conor Carroll have also been cast.