Orson Scott Card Won't Make Any Money Off 'Ender's Game' Box Office Success

The author sold the movie rights to his sci-fi novel years ago. The original deal did not include any compensation from the movie's earnings.

Orson Scott Card will not receive any compensation from Ender's Game's box office tally
Orson Scott Card will not receive any compensation from Ender's Game's box office tally
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.

Ender's Game was released November 1st, 2013 and stars Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Aramis Knight, Suraj Partha. The film is directed by Gavin Hood.



Sources: The Wrap

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Comments (8)

  1. skywise

    Still though, I cant help but feel a little disapointed in Card. And I am not sure how I should feel. I love his stories so much but now feel a bit guilty for liking them so much. I do not like that.

    12 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. skywise

    I have been a huge fan of Orson Scott Card for a loong time but only recently found out that his personal views were of a qestionable nature (thanks to the boycotting of this film).

    I've had mixed emotions on the entire subject but I think that @brady1138 pretty much nailed it on the head.

    12 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Zak Lee Ferguson

    For f*ck sake hes got his own views, right or wrong, in certain perspectives he sounds very unlike a homophobe but pah, hes rich enough, payment or not his views should not inflict upon a bloody film. Hes a smart guy, who voices his opinion.

    12 months agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  4. the Narrator

    @brady1138 I agree a hundred percent.

    12 months agoby @narratorFlag

  5. CelluloidDreams

    Interesting.......!!!.

    12 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  6. LuxoIII

    Too bad. Truly a great writer who deserved such money if he could get it. Also, what's with all the stupid boycotting anyway? He publicly expressed his opinion on the matter, but it's not like he tried to ban the books from being sold to the homosexual community. Gotta love how the very people who cried for tolerance of their views for decades are now being intolerant of simple conflicting opinions.

    12 months agoby @brady1138Flag

  7. mindless232

    Nice

    12 months agoby @mindless232Flag