Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has reportedly been tapped by Odd Lot Entertainment to rewrite and develop the big-screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card‘s Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, Ender’s Game.
The LA Times reports that though Hood has rewritten Card’s most recent script and is developing the project, his involvement doesn’t guarantee he will end up directing the film.
Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the “Buggers”). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world’s most talented children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.
No production or release dates have been set.