Questions on recent controversy of author Orson Scott Card and his anti-gay views apparently were brought up during the "Ender's Game" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 18. Director Gavin Hood and producer Roberto Orci had their say in the hot issue, to which Lionsgate responded with a pledge of support for LGBT community.
"The truth is you never want to court controversy, but we decided to use the attention on us to support Lionsgate's statement of support of LGBT rights. So rather than shy away, we are happy to embrace it and use the spotlight to say we support LGBT rights," Orci said to the 6000 attendees that packed the Hall H.
Hood backed up Orci, saying, "My view is I've been a member of the Courage Campaign for many years and I'm a little distressed by his point of view on gay marriage. However, the book is not about that issue ... I hope the book will still be appreciated as a great work of art, even though I don't agree with the author."
The helmer added, "I think it's slightly bitterly ironic that those themes ['compassion' and 'empathy'] that are present in the book are not carried through on his particular view on gay marriage."
Leading boy Asa Butterfield said, "I agree with rights for everybody," and that Card's views should not influence audience's perception of either the book or the big-screen version. The British teen continued, "You can't blame a work for its author."
Harrison Ford also addressed the issue in an interview prior to the panel. "I think none of Mr. Card's concerns regarding the issues of gay marriage are part of the thematics of this film," he said. "I think we all know that we've all won, that humanity has won and I think that's the end of the story."
Footage from the movie was screened during the panel, featuring Butterfield's Ender Wiggin developing his cerebral skills. Hailee Steinfeld was on hand for the promo effort, while Abigail Breslin was absent due to illness.
Fans who attend the convention can visit Summit Entertainment's exclusive exhibit, "Ender's Game" Fan Experience. For those who cannot, snaps taken from it are available online via Cinema Blend.
Due out November 1 in the U.S., "Ender's Game" has recently unleashed two clips that tease battle school recruitment and Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley).
"Ender's Game" Clip #1 - Battle School Recruitment:
"Ender's Game" Clip #2 - Mazer Rackham's Run: