‘Ender’s Game’ director Gavin Hood on why he changed Ender’s age

Interview with Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood

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“Ender’s Game” hits theaters Friday, bringing Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi tale to the big screen for the first time.

The movie is based on Card’s 1985 novel about a young, extremely intelligent boy who is recruited to attend Battle School and groomed to become a commander in a war against aliens. The book was critically praised, winning the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel, and became extremely popular, especially among children who read it in school.

Given its time limitation, the film adheres rather closely to the events and themes in the 324-page novel. But some of the book’s fans have expressed concern online about several differences and key details, including compressing the book’s timeline, leaving out the political activities of Ender’s siblings back home and altering Ender’s age — he was 6 years old at the beginning of the book but is portrayed onscreen by 16-year-old Asa…

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