Orson Scott Card won’t make jack from “Ender’s Game” at the box office

If you’ve wanted to watch Ender’s Game but just couldn’t bring yourself to see it because of Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay ways, you can relax and give yourself permission to see the film. And that is because according to TheWrap, he won’t receive another nickle, no matter how well the movie does. 

But multiple sources from both inside and outside the companies that produced the “Ender’s Game” film – distributor Summit Entertainment, visual effects company Digital Domain and book-rights holder OddLot Entertainment – tell TheWrap that Card’s fee has already been paid through a decade-old deal that includes no backend.

That’s right, Orson Scott Card was paid ten years ago when he made the movie deal, and won’t receive any more money for the film. While it was rumored Card would be paid “escalators” (cash bonuses for box-office milestones) TheWrap assures us that just isn’t true.

So question: Free from the moral quandary of possibly giving Card the anti-gay ass-hat more money, will you go see the movie? Or has just the association of the film with Card convinced you to stay away from anything that might have Card’s name attached?

7 thoughts on “Orson Scott Card won’t make jack from “Ender’s Game” at the box office”

  1. We’ve been having big debates about this over here in Paris … and my friends and I have decided (like a great many Parisians) to stay away from anything with Card’s nasty taint. In fact, at the theatre on Blvd. St. Germain someone has spray painted over the coming attraction poster, “Orson Card a une petite bite et une grande gueule putain.” Suffice it to say, it’s not very polite.

  2. He may not be making “jack” from this film, but, he does stand to profit from additional sales of his book, and I’ve read elsewhere bookstores have stocked up on Ender’s Game hoping to capitalize on the film’s success. And then there’s possibility of sequels, which is exactly what Lionsgate and everyone else involved in the film wants.

    TheWrap.com? This is a website founded by a blogger, and like most bloggers I know, they tend to focus more on their internet based projects and their own needs instead of what’s right.

    1. So now we need to find out if the book will be the original “Ender’s Game”, or the novelization of the movie, which can be a very different book. Also does Card get any proceeds from the movie-based book?

  3. I will probably not see the movie, not because Orson Scott Card is homophopic, but because I’m afraid of what Hollywood does to movies made from books. Remember what Kevin Costner did to David Brin’s novel, “The Postman”. Great book. Sucky movie. And recently, Brad Pitt destroyed zombies and a good book by making “World War Z”.


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