Murky Outlook for ‘Ender’s Game’ Sequel

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Lionsgate pondering TV spinoff

The future of a sequel to Lionsgate’s “Ender’s Game” remains in limbo, following  a solid rather than specactular start for the sci-fi title.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said Friday during a conference call with analysts that the studio will “wait another week or two” before it decides whether to make another film based on the Orson Scott Card series of 13 novels.

He also said that an “Ender’s Game” TV spinoff was under consideration.

“Ender’s Game” has taken in $32.5 million in its first five days at the U.S. box office and another $9 million overseas.

Feltheimer said that the film had been performing “virtually on base” with internal expectations. The film, starring Asa Butterfield, was financed in large part by OddLot Entertainment.

Lionsgate has been touting itself as the home to franchises aimed at the young-adult demo following the successes of “The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga” films. Its next entry will be “Divergent,” starring Shailene Woodley, opening March 21.

The Neil Burger pic is an adaptation of the first novel of Veronica Roth’s trilogy about a post-apocalyptic Chicago. Vanessa Taylor wrote the screenplay.

Lionsgate has noted that the release date is the same slot used last year for the release of its mega-hit “The Hunger Games.”

Feltheimer said that sales of “Insurgent,” the third book in the series, have been “robust” since its Oct. 22 release, underlining strong support from the fan base.

The CEO also touted strong prospects for another franchise with “The Expendables 3” having added Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes and Kelsey Grammer. “We’ve repositioned this franchise in a powerful way,” Feltheimer said.

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  1. abdul says:

    Its very great film… And asa butterfield has a good and strong character based on my visual inspection.. He shows that he is so talented to being the stron boy… It makes me remember to harry potter or daniel radcliffe.. I am a huge fans of him.. And as this film done i really sad.. But enders can make me happy… I found the new figure of young good actor in asa bfb.. I hope the director can make this film to be a sequel. And can make a history such as harry potter..

  2. Bill says:

    The third book in the Divergent series is Allegient, not Insurgent. Insurgent is the second book.

  3. is ender’s and the shadow saga

  4. milo says:

    After the first weekend a sequel was a maybe. After this second weekend now it’s a big fat no.

  5. Nathan says:

    bigotry doesn’t pay-the movie failed-boo hoo

  6. how do i get to be n the next movie

  7. i would love to be n the next ender’s gamemovies

  8. Alle Long says:

    So which novel would be used as the sequel – Ender in Exile? Speaker for the Dead certainly would not be geared toward a YA audience (as good as the novel was)

  9. i love this movies bc i dont read books my techers cant even get me to read a book but by seeing the ender’s game and the movies for the frist time i had to read the books n when i was reading it i was doing good n that made me Wont to read more i really hope they come out with speaker of the dead or fleet school

  10. Sophia chan says:

    Summit entertainment made the twilight saga, not lionsgate. Please factcheck

  11. John Patrick Murray says:

    I think thats a great idea to continue the movie enders game but i think it would be better with ender and the girl cadet that he cared so much for.

  12. FTCS says:

    Wonder how Digital Domain will survive if Ender’s Game continues its shaky start? Very curious to see how their investment/participation visual effects deal ‘ends up’.

  13. Thor 2 will knock it down to less than 15 million this weekend. And it’ll only get worse from there.

    • I originally had 10 million, but that might be going too far. Then again, I can’t imagine anyone choosing to see Ender’s Game this weekend over Thor, given the reviews have only been decent and the target audience is pretty undefined. But most of the people who would see it probably have kid who’d rather see Thor, or would rather see Thor themselves, or have already seen Ender’s. I just can’t imagine it doing very well this weekend.

  14. ciaobaby101 says:

    “Allegiant ,” is the third book in the Divergent series. #FactCheck

    • JC says:

      Fact checking is something that happened in the quaint days of print journalism. This is the internet age, who cares about facts! It’s all about page views now.

  15. Dave Andrews says:

    That’s what happens when an idiot writer starts with a beloved story, then takes a few bits and pieces of that story and writes something completely different around them. Endear actually meets a queen? He leaves at the end without his sister? Really? Rather than starting at 6 years old and ending at 14, he’s the same age all the way through? The huge, deadly, intimidating Bonzo is a foot smaller than Ender??? Are you mental?

    And that’s just scratching the surface of what’s profoundly wrong with this script. Writers, get a clue. If you want to write something original, then do so. If you’re supposed to be relating someone else’s baby to people on film, then tell the original story. There’s NO emotional connection to this film because there’s not enough info for anyone to know why there should be; No understanding that Ender and his brother and sister are profoundly more intelligent than anyone else on the planet. No hint of the great love of brother and sister.

    The producers had one of the greatest stories in scifi history and added a phenomenal cast, then let it all go to hell by letting the translator (writer) make it his own mediocre story rather than translating what the genius had given him. I could go on for hours, but I’ll leave it at that. Writers, respect the story you’re translating or don’t take the job.

  16. Toni says:

    Movie is so good!! Please make a sequel!!! I’ve never read the book but that doesn’t matter. I enjoyed the movie every single minute! After seeing Ender’s Game I have become less interested in Hunger Games.

  17. Nanny Mo says:

    Well, leave it to Hollywood to ruin a good book. Perhaps they should have listened to Card’s vision a little closer. And…. the books been out there 20 years, it’s sort of a has been for modern boys.

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