For Star Trek 2′s Roberto Orci, his work on Ender’s Game differs from his work on other projects in one major way.
In Ender’s Game, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a young boy who has been sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills in hopes of saving the world from an impending alien invasion.
Orci explained why working on Ender’s Game was different than working on other projects, including Star Trek. “Let’s see,” said Orci. “Well first, though I have had some experience with bringing beloved stories to the screen that had intelligent and rabid fan bases like Mission Impossible 3, Transformers and Star Trek; this is the first movie with a pre-existing fan base I have worked on that I didn’t write.
“This means I that got the chance to evaluate the material merely as a fan. Gavin [Hood]’s script made me jealous, but it was also a relief that he had satisfied what I would want as a fan from a difficult adaptation.”
Although his experience on Ender’s Game is a little different for Orci, one thing is familiar, working with congenial actors. “I have never worked with so many talented young actors who became friends so fast under such amazing circumstances,” said Orci. “Seeing Asa [Butterfield], who plays Ender, and Hailee [Steinfeld], who plays Petra, floating high above the set and getting the giggles was amazing and frightening all at once. They laughed for like twenty minutes, which as a producer on a clock eager to finish your shooting day can give you a heart attack. But soon we all had the giggles, and the joy of it overcame the panic.”
Ender’s Game will be released November 1, 2013.