'Ender's Game' is one of the most anticipated movies this fall, but there's a major controversy surrounding the film, and the novel's author, Scott Orson Card. Card's stance against gay marriage and his seemingly flippant remarks regarding his earlier comments have caused many people to state their intention to boycott the film when it comes out in the fall, regardless of whether they were fans of the novel or not.
Lionsgate, the studio behind 'Ender's Game', is doing some last-minute damage control. Advance of its Comic-Con panel next week, where Card will supposedly not be present on the panel, Lionsgate has issued a statement saying, "As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from GODS AND MONSTERS to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and a Company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage. However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of ENDER’S GAME. The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form."
The statement also added, "Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for ENDER’S GAME.”
'Ender's Game' will come out on November 1st and stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis.