Author Orson Scott Card has been to the set of Ender's Game, and some of the revelations from his detailed notes about the visit might surprise you.
Card writes that writer/director Gavin Hood's movie version of Ender's Game isn't just the book brought to life. In fact, the movie seems to be taking on a life of its own.
Of one scene, he wrote:
The scene does not come from the book – very few of the scenes in this movie do – so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader. This is writer-director Gavin Hood's movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene.
That doesn't mean Card disapproves of the movie, though. On the contrary, he described both the sets and the actors (particularly Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford) in glowing terms.
This is Card's appraisal of the actor behind the movie version of Ender:
Butterfield is smart. That really helps when he's supposed to bring off a preternaturally intelligent character. Actors can easily play dumb, but I've never seen an actor bring off a character that is smarter than he is. He's convincing as Ender Wiggin, so if the movie doesn't work, it won't be Butterfield's fault.
When it was first announced that an Ender's Game film was finally going forward, fans were worried that it wouldn't do justice to the book. From what Card says, we can stop worrying out and start counting down to the movie's November 1, 2013 release date.