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'Ender's Game' Lands at Summit

"X-Men: Origins: Wolverine" helmer Gavin Hood, who penned the script, is attached to direct.

Ender’s Game finally has a home.

Summit Entertainment is in talks to co-finance and acquire the U.S. rights to the live-action, sci-fi film adaptation of the novel by Orson Scott Card.

Sierra / Affinity, meanwhile, will launch international sales of Ender’s at this year’s Cannes Film Market.

The dealmaking is coming after Ender’s hit the town in February with a package that included a script by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), who is also attached to direct, with Star Trek superproducers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci producing along with Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough of OddLot Entertainment. Card and Lynn Hendee are also producing.

Bill Lischak and Mandy Safavi will executive produce along with Cliff Plumer and Ed Ulbrich of Digital Domain, which is financial partner in the movie.

The 1985 novel is set in a future where the Earth is under attack by an insect-like race and mankind has created a battle school to train fighting forces. In this environment enters Ender Wiggin, a kid who is tormented by bullies and an older brother but proves to be a master at a three-dimensional, zero-gravity laser tag-like game. That sets him on a path as a possible savior of the human race.

The novel won a Nebula Award as well as a Hugo Award and was followed by five books. Marvel Comics also adapted the novels into the four-color world.

Hood is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.