‘Ender’s Game’, the forthcoming screen adaptation of the sci-fi classic by Orson Scott Card, has run into trouble over the author’s anti-gay views.
While promoting the film at the Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, director Gavin Hood distanced himself from the author’s recent homophobic statements.
He said: “It was with some dismay that I read Orson’s views. I don’t share his views. Obviously as a fan of the book it was quite a shock. So I completely understand – if you go on the internet you’ll see folks who love the book and are dismayed by the views of the author. But if we’re really honest, this is not unfortunately new. And Orson has written a great book. And that’s a hard thing for those of us who hold the opposite view to process.”
The film takes place after a horrific alien war, when a gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. It features Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and young star Asa Butterfield.
Butterfield said: “There is a huge fan base. And when I first started filming, it was one of the things both me and Gavin really wanted to appeal to. Of course an adaptation is never going to be 100 percent truthful to the story, but it’s as faithful as it can be. And I’m sure the fans are going to be pleased.”
Orson Scott Card’s 1985 military science-fiction novel does not focus on issues of homosexuality, but the author has been outspoken about the issue in recent years.
His comments have led to calls from some activists for a boycott of the film, which is due for release in November.