Studio in talks to co-finance, distribute adaptation of sci-fi novel

Summit Entertainment is in talks to co-finance and handle domestic distribution of sci-fier “Ender’s Game,” nine years after the project was set up at Warner Bros.

The minimajor said Thursday that Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) is attached to direct the film adaptation of the 1985 novel “Ender’s Game,” written by Orson Scott Card. Story centers on a young boy genius drafted to destroy alien invaders.

Sierra / Affinity will launch international sales at this year’s Cannes Film Market.

Warner made a deal in 2002 for director Wolfgang Petersen to bring Card’s “Ender’s Game” and “Ender’s Shadow” to the bigscreen. “Ender’s Game” begins as alien attacks have nearly wiped out the human race and a frantic world government trains children for war by teaching them a competitive game.

K/O Paper Products, OddLot Entertainment and Digital Domain are production partners on the film, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman producing via their K/O Paper Products banner, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough producing via OddLot Entertainment, along with Orson Scott Card and Lynn Hendee. Exec producers include OddLot’s Bill Lischak, K/O’s Mandy Safavi and Digital Domain’s Cliff Plumer and Ed Ulbrich.

Hood is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

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