Ender’s Game headed to IMAX

With the movie business in a constant state of flux, it’s no wonder we’ve been hearing so much about tech like 3D and 48 frames per second. 

Clearly, it takes a lot to get people away from Netflix and out to the theater these days.We’ve also been seeing a lot about IMAX, and seeing the right film in IMAX, or with IMAX footage, can be pretty amazing indeed.

When I saw first saw The Dark Knight, the bank robbery segment in the beginning really looked incredible, as did the city landscapes as Batman peered over Gotham at night.

I didn’t realize at the time that director Christopher Nolan was working with an IMAX camera, and if he’s the first director to use IMAX cameras in a regular feature context, it really is a remarkable innovation. To be sure, IMAX made you feel you were right on the hells of Batman on his motorcycle as he was chasing down Bane and Catwoman (Rises).


So now the news has hit that one of the most awaited films of next year, Ender’s Game, is going to be released in IMAX as well. The novel Ender’s Game, written by Orson Scott Card has a huge following, and there’s been one report at The Wrap that it could potentially be the next big young adult franchise, a la The Hunger Games.


Both Collider and The Wrap both reported on Ender’s Game being in IMAX, and as Collider writes, “I don’t often geek out over film properties…But Ender’s Game is my top favorite book of all time, so it goes without saying that I’m beyond excited for this film’s release.” 

And indeed, there’s a lot of fans out there that are absolutely geeking out over the Ender’s Game movie, which stars Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, and will open on November 1, 2013.


As The Wrap also points out, Ender’s Game is coming out a few weeks before Catching Fire, which drops November 22, 2013, but as Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told the site, “We’re excited about the franchise, [yet] it’s a very different kind of franchise than The Hunger Games.”


Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is directing, and regular JJ Abrams screenwriter Roberto Orci is producing. As Orci told Collider, “Like the book, the movie Ender’s Game is about young protagonists dealing with one of the most adult situations known to man: WAR. We don’t soft peddle it, yet we don’t shy away from the fun of being in space and learning amazing new skills that we would all want to learn at any age.”