‘Ender’s Game’ Is A ‘Distilled’ Version Of The Book, Says Producer Alex Kurtzman

We’ve gotten a few bits of insider info and anecdotes from the “Ender’s Game” via its occasionally-updated production blog, but it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the lucky folks on set. As such, when MTV News spoke with producer Alex Kurtzman recently about the trailer debut of his upcoming film “People Like Us,” we had to ask for an “Ender’s” update straight from the source.

“I’m really proud of the work everybody’s done on ’Ender’s.’ Particularly because it’s a very complicated sprawling book that a lot of people have tried for a very long time to figure out how to make,” Kurtzman said.

“[Director] Gavin Hood, the minute that we read his script we realized that in a miraculous way he’d managed to distill down the essence of the book and the big moves to a very understandable clear format,” the writer continued. “He had made changes that were I think totally protective of the novel, he hasn’t changed any of the plot, it’s just about not being able to put all of it in one movie. He really distills it down to its essence in a beautiful way and that was an amazing thing to see. It’s an amazing thing to see the movie come to life because it’s such a special and different movie.”

Speaking of the very talented cast, Kurtzman had nothing but high praise for everyone involved.

“Asa [Butterfield] is unbelievable in it. Hailee [Steinfeld] and Abigail [Breslin] are incredible. Harrison [Ford] and Viola [Davis] are just, they’re weirdly exactly what you imagined when you read the book, or at least I did,” he admitted. “It’s really going to be a special movie. We’re about halfway through it, maybe close to halfway but it’s been a wonderful shoot so far.”

“We’re just happy to support the vision of the book,” he added. “It’s such a treasured novel and it’s very rare that you get an opportunity to work on something like that so we were very psyched.”

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