The studio will hold LGBT benefit premiere for the Asa Butterfield starrer to stop the controversy over the author's same-sex marriage views.
For the last six days, "Ender's Game" creator Orson Scott Card has been hit with angry outcry from the pro-LGBT group Geeks Out due to his opposition to gay marriage. The author himself already responded with his own cry for tolerance, which only added fuel to the fire. To put an end to the community's plan to boycott the Gavin Scott-directed film when released November 1, Lionsgate Entertainment officials make a statement as cited by Deadline.
"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," it reads.
"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. On the contrary, the film not only transports viewers to an entertaining and action-filled world, but it does so with positive and inspiring characters who ultimately deliver an ennobling and life-affirming message."
From the announcement, it is revealed that Lionsgate will host a benefit premiere for the movie, which stars Asa Butterfield, to prove its commitment to the LGBT community.