For months now the battle has been raging about what, exactly, to do about "Ender's Game," the big budget adaptation of Orson Scott Card's beloved science fiction novel (that's now nearly 30 years old). The author is an outspoken, unapologetic homophobe and backlash against the project has been brewing because of that (the most visible boycott was launched by Geeks OUT on MoveOn.org, where it has amassed 11,000 signatures). Still, as The Wrap has learned, if you're hoping to hurt the author where it hurts (in the wallet), sitting out "Ender's Game" won't make much of a difference.
It seems that the author has already received all the money he is going to make from the movie adaptation. The movie has had a long and complicated journey to the big screen (read more about that in this exemplary piece about the project's history from Grantland) and somewhere along the way, Card got paid and that was it. Unlike authors like J.K. Rowling, who receive massive paydays, profits on the back end, and creative control, Card washed his hands of the project long ago, frustrated by the film's circuitous development path. The last time he was involved was about ten years ago, when "Ender's Game" was gestating at Warner Bros and Card was writing drafts of the screenplay.
While Card is given a producer's credit, that appears to be more of a formality than anything else. The point being that even if you buy a movie ticket, he's not going to see any of it. More pressing, of course, would be the issue of the book riding high atop the mass-market bestsellers list, since Card still profits handsomely from book sales. One of the leaders of the boycott said that he was content with the stand off being a "symbolic rejection," which is somewhat noble. A message should be sent, somehow, to Card about how outdated and hurtful his views are. And they can probably start by you going to the library to read "Ender's Game" instead of buying it on Amazon.
[via The Wrap]