THR reports that Summit Entertainment is in negotiations to acquire the U.S. rights and co-finance a live-action adaptation of the Hugo Award and Nebula Award-winning book.
The deal was propelled by a script by “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” director Gavin Hood, who will also direct, and on the high profile producing support from “Star Trek” producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
The news comes as a welcome surprise for legions of fans who hail the 1985 story, about a picked-on kid named Ender who taps into a special hidden talent to save mankind from a race of instectoid alien invaders, as a sci-fi classic.
“Ender’s Game” has been in and out of development with a number of different studios dozens of times. Most recently, “Troy” director Wolfgang Peterson was attached to direct but the project was scrapped in 2009.
But with Sierra / Affinity set to launch international sales of the property at this year’s Cannes, it looks like this may just be the end game fans have been waiting for.
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