How do you overshadow the fact that Harrison Ford is coming to Comic Con in support of his new movie Ender's Game? By keeping the author of the original novel, scifi legend Orson Scott Card, off the panel. In fact, check out this press release, presented complete:
Summit Entertainment will showcase the studio's highly anticipated film event ENDER'S GAME at Comic-Con 2013, presenting never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events. A full slate of activities related to the film to be unveiled at this year's Comic-Con, including:
Hall H Panel - The studio's panel on Thursday, July 18th will feature ENDER'S GAME filmmakers and cast, including producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
Exclusive Fan Experience - Attendees will be able to visit an elaborate, specially constructed ENDER'S GAME exhibit outside of the Hilton Gaslamp, featuring 8 unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender's world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie. Throughout the experience, attendees will be able to see exclusive film footage on LED screens, interact with new digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room, and register to win a home make over.
Convention Floor Booth - Summit Entertainment's booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight ENDER'S GAME footage. Premium promotional items will be distributed to the 120,000 attendees walking the convention floor, and booth visitors will be given the opportunity to win "fast passes" to the ENDER'S Game Exclusive Fan Experience, granting them entry without having to wait in line.
ENDERS GAME Film Information:
Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure directed by Gavin Hood starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. In preparation for the next attack, the humans begin training only the best students to find their future leader. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant young man is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters the training, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. He is soon ordained as the military's next great hope and is charged to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
OddLot Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, and Digital Domain are production partners on the film, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman producing via their K/O Paper Products banner, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough producing via OddLot Entertainment, along with Orson Scott Card and Lynn Hendee.
The only time Orscon Scott Card is mentioned is right at the end, where they probably legally have to include him.
Why is Card so absent? Probably because the Supreme Court just knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act, opening the door to gay marriage in America, and Card is a vociferous anti-gay marriage bigot. Like, actual human scum on the subject. He has the kind of anger towards the issue you often find in politicians who are busted sucking dick in airport bathrooms. Card's been the source of a lot of controversy online lately, especially after DC Comics hired him to write a Superman comic - and then immediately scrapped his work when fans were outraged.
It's important to note that Card is a big deal in the world of scifi lit, so his absence is honestly notable. And it's smart - somebody's going to wait in line at the mic in Hall H to ask Card a gay rights question - probably a gay person. That's the worst kind of buzz for the movie, because there's no way Card's reply will be heartwarming or decent.
Summit is less worried about having Bob Orci on the panel, despite the fact that he believes 9/11 was an inside job and that his first tweet in the wake of the Boston bombing on April 15th was to cast blame at the government. For whatever reason these grotesque views haven't aroused the ire of the internet... but then again if the internet can't quite seem to get angry over the guy's horrible movies, why would they get angry over his disturbing political views?