ansible [an·si·ble] n. 1. a hypothetical communication device capable of delivering sound waves instantaneously 2. a fictional machine that allows faster than the speed of light communication (example: Commander Ender Wiggin used an ansible to communicate with his fleets instantaneously, although they were on the other side of the galaxy.)

‘Ender’s Game’ Film Grosses $10.3 Million Over the Weekend

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According to Box Office Mojo, the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie grossed $10.3 million in the United States over its second weekend. The movie was shown on 3,407 screens, pulling in about $3,011 per screen.

‘Ender’s Game’ came in fifth across the nation, trailing behind “Thor: The Dark World” with $85.7M,  ”Bad Grandpa” with $11.3M, ”Free Birds” with $11.1M, and “Last Vegas” with $11.0M.

The movie’s total haul in its first twelve days, including worldwide receipts, is $46.3M.  Foreign receipts have accounted for about 16.5% of the total. The movie cost approximately $110M to make.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has settled at about a 60% fresh rating.  76% of viewers have enjoyed the movie.

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released on U.S. theaters on November 1, 2013.

Lionsgate Considers ‘Ender’s Shadow’ TV Spinoff

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In a conference call Friday, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer spoke about the future of the ‘Ender’s Game’ franchise. Lionsgate already owns all the firm rights to the Enderverse; now they only have to consider what to do with the rights. Feltheimer says Lionsgate will wait a week or two before deciding whether to another make a TV spinoff.

Earlier this year, the producers of the ‘Ender’s Game’ film expressed their interest in making a Shadow series spinoff.

via Variety.

If you haven’t seen the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie yet, read our spoiler-free movie review hereBuy Ender’s Game tickets now!

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released in U.S. theaters on November 1, 2013.

Aaron Johnston Confirms Second Formic War Trilogy

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On Twitter, Aaron Johnston confirmed that the Second Formic War Trilogy is now on contract! In April, co-authors Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston hinted that they wanted to write a Second Formic War trilogy, but at the time it was not under contract. Johnston says that the manuscript for the first book in the new trilogy is due in 2014.

The First Formic War Trilogy includes: ‘Earth Unaware‘, ‘Earth Afire‘, and ‘Earth Awakens‘. The first two novels in this trilogy have been very successful, and ‘Earth Afire’ is currently nominated for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards. ‘Earth Awakens’ will be published on June 10, 2014. Pre-order now.

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MIT Recreates ‘Ender’s Game’ on Campus

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To celebrate the release of the ‘Ender’s Game’ film, students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have gone above and beyond in recreating ‘Ender’s Game’ on their campus!

Killian Court was decorated with banners from three armies: Griffin, Dragon, and Bobcat

In Lobby 7, students recreated an amazing zero gravity battle scene.

Student Rachel Davis writes,

As you can see, the area in Lobby 7 that was normally cut off due to the construction being done on the skylight of the Lobby 7 dome was cautioned off from the public due to a battle scene between the different armies, with soldiers all over Lobby 7.  They were hung from the ceiling, suspended over the construction zone and spread out over the floor and on the pedestals.


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Story and photos from MIT admission. If you haven’t seen the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie yet, read our spoiler-free movie review hereBuy Ender’s Game tickets now!

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released in U.S, theaters on November 1, 2013.

‘Earth Afire’ Nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

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‘Earth Afire’ by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the second novel in the First Formic War trilogy, a prequel trilogy to ‘Ender’s Game’. ‘Earth Afire’ has been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards 2013 in the science fiction category. Click here to vote for ‘Earth Afire’!

The third book in the First Formic War trilogy is ‘Earth Awakens’, and it will be released on June 10, 2014. Pre-Order it now.

Book to Film Changes (Spoilers!)

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Hey, Ansible readers! Ever since the soft opening of the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie on Halloween, we’ve received continuous emails asking us to update the ‘Book to Film Changes’ page. Thank you, to everyone who already emailed us with a list of changes! We’ve tried to include everything you guys have emailed in, but it’s not perfect yet! Please contact us with any and all edits. (But yes, we know there are socks in ‘War of Gifts’!)

***Note: The link below contains major book and film spoilers***

CLICK HERE to read the list of book the film changes

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released in U.S. theaters on November 1, 2013.


‘Ender’s Game’ Film Opens to $28 Million

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The ‘Ender’s Game’ movie earned an estimated $28 million opening weekend in the United States (via Reuters). Which includes a $1.4 million soft opening on Thursday, and $9.9 million on Friday.

‘Ender’s Game’ came in No. 1 at box offices across the nation, followed by No. 2 ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ with $20.5 million and No. 3 ‘Last Vegas’ with $16.5 million.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the ‘Ender’s Game’ score has settled around a “Fresh” 63%. You can read our ‘Ender’s Game’ movie review, hereBuy Ender’s Game tickets now!

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released in U.S. theaters on November 1, 2013.

‘Ender’s Game’ is on the Latest ‘Daily ReHash’ Episode

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‘Ender’s Game’ is currently featured on the latest episode of ‘Daily ReHash’ on Ora TV. In this episode, host, Eric Artell, dishes on his role as an extra in the film and what people are currently tweeting about ‘Ender’s Game’. We met Eric Artell on the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie set last May, where he told us about his small role as an I.F. officer. When you’re watching the movie, you can spot him and friend, Aaron Johnston (co-author of the First Formic War trilogy), in Graff’s command room above Ender and his jeesh in the final simulation scene.

Watch ‘Daily ReHash‘ below:

Watch Eric discuss ‘Ender’s Game’ on ‘Dweeb Cast‘:

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released in U.S. theaters on November 1, 2013.

Gavin Hood: ‘Speaker for the Dead’ May Not Be the Sequel

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‘Ender’s Game’ movie producers and director, Gavin Hood, have been tight-lipped about movie sequels. When we interviewed Hood at Comic-Con a few months ago, he told us that there were no contracts or money currently in place for a sequel. Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate have made it clear to investors that if the ‘Ender’s Game’ film performs well at box offices, it may be the catalyst to a new young adult film franchise and an anonymous source recently revealed to us that the studios are hoping to turn ‘Ender’s Game’ into a trilogy.

Until now, Gavin Hood has been leery when speaking about the direction possible sequels might take. The Enderverse timeline is complicated, to say the least. Now, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, Gavin Hood discusses the possibility of creating a ‘Speaker for the Dead’ movie. He says,

“It’s a great question, but I think it’s such a difficult one to answer, because the sequel ‘Speaker for the Dead’ takes place 30 years after, so we’re in an interesting place. I think we have to hope that audiences respond to the film… And Orson is apparently writing something that’s more of a direct follow called ‘Fleet School’. Obviously, from the studio’s point of view, they’d almost certainly want to move the characters from this film into the next journey. So it may be that ‘Speaker for the Dead’ is not the sequel now. But to be perfectly honest, I don’t think we can count our sequels before they hatch. We’ve got a complicated film here. I hope that it does two things. I hope that it gives the audiences the visual excitement that they want from a big movie, but it does have the challenge of asking questions that films of this kind don’t usually ask. And we’ll have to see whether audiences embrace that. Most big popcorn movies are bad guy does something to good guy, good guy gets revenge on bad guy, sets the world right and moves on. And ‘Ender’s Game’ is just not that simple, so it’s an exciting challenge. It’s a little terrifying, and let’s see how audiences respond. I hope they respond well so we can keep doing films that are not just goodies versus baddies.”

Read the Gavin Hood’s full interview at The Hero Complex, and learn more about ‘Fleet School’ here.

The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was released in U.S. theaters on November 1, 2013.