Orson Scott Card Won't Make Any Money Off Ender's Game Box Office Success
Back in July, we reported that the LGBT community is boycotting Summit Entertainment's Ender's Game, because of author Orson Scott Card's controversial views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. A new report reveals that the writer won't be receiving any back end compensation for the adaptation.
The LBGT boycott was staged because they didn't want to see the writer receiving any money for the sci-fi thriller, which stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. However, it turns out he was never set to get any additional compensation anyway, because the original deal he signed more than 10 years ago didn't have a stipulation for any back end payments.
Other individuals close to the project stated that, while Orson Scott Card did have a producing credit, he had practically no creative input in the production. There was speculation that his deal included "escalators," which would have paid the author if certain box office milestones were reached, but sources say that he has no profit participation in the movie.
The book was optioned shortly after its release in 1985, with producer Robert Chartoff paying the author $1.5 million to adapt his own novel, although he was never happy with the adaptation after working on it for several years. The project landed at Warner Bros. in 2002, where it languished in development hell, before being rescued by OddLot Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. At that point, the author's creative input had all but dissolved entirely.
The film's stars and Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, have tried their best to distance themselves from the author by partnering with the LGBT organization Equality California for several of the film's events.
Over 11,000 signatures have been collected on by the Geeks OUT organization on MoveOn.org to boycott the movie. Geeks OUT has also held "Skip Ender's Game" events in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, Austin, San Francisco and Seattle. However, despite the boycott, Orson Scott Card's novel topped the most recent New York Times Best Seller list for paperback mass-market fiction.