More than a year after being declared dead by no less an authority than Orson Scott Card himself, the Ender's Game movie is unexpectedly back in development. The L.A. Times is reporting that X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood is now working on the project and just did a rewrite of Card's last screenplay.
But the project about a boy hero is now back in active development, sources say, as independent production company Odd Lot Entertainment pushes forward on a movie version of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel.
Most interesting, sources say there's now a big-name filmmaker involved with the project -- Gavin Hood, who directed the Oscar-winning "Tsotsi" and last year's comic book franchise "X Men Origins: Wolverine." Hood has done a rewrite of Card's most recent script and is developing the project as a director.
That level of involvement doesn't mean a filmmaker will wind up directing a film, of course. But for a project that's struggled as much as this one, it's a start.
The good news, of course, is that Ender's Game could still become a film in our lifetimes. The less good news is that not many people were big fans of Hood's Wolverine movie, so he might not be the most ideal person to try to make a film out of one of the best science fiction books ever written.