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Robert Orci Launches "Ender's Game" Production Blog

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 21, 2012 at 2:54PM

Prolific Roberto Orci, when he is not sweating over "Star Trek" rewrites with producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman, is now running a weekly production blog for the upcoming sci-fi film "Ender's Game." He's also producing and adapting the epic adventure from the Orson Scott Card sci-fi classic...
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Ender's Game
"Join us (Oddlot, Summit, Digital Domain, and KO) every wednesday for a behind the scenes look at #Endersgame," ‏tweets @boborci. That's prolific Roberto Orci, who when he is not sweating over "Star Trek" rewrites with producing and writing partner Alex Kurtzman, is now running a weekly production blog for the upcoming sci-fi film "Ender's Game," which is shooting in New Orleans. Production blogs are becoming de rigeur for marketing fantasy films that seek to connect moviegoers with exotic new worlds. If it's good enough for Peter Jackson...

Orci is producing the epic adventure, which Oscar-winning South African writer-director Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi") adapted from the Nebula and Hugo-winning1985 Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel about a brainy young strategist (Asa Butterfield) who is recruited by the International Fleet to help save the planet from another alien invasion. 

"Ender's Game" (March 15, 2013) reunites Butterfield with his "Hugo" co-star Ben Kingsley; the film stars a raft of other Oscar nominees: Harrison Ford ("Witness"), Viola Davis ("The Help"), Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit").

This article is related to: IN THE WORKS, Sci-fi, Books, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.