Major Media to Join Backlash Against Orson Scott Card?
I bet DC Comics and the makers of Ender’s Game are wishing they’d had a better start to 2013. Or that Orson Scott Card would just shut up about gays. Ah, but it’s too late, you say? Once it’s released onto the interwebs it’s there forever? Well, you may be right.
The latest news in the saga of Card’s issues with gay marriage (he doesn’t like it, obviously) concerns his upcoming movie, the aforementioned Ender’s Game, based on his 1985 novel of the same name and it’s not good: major media companies are threatening to stop promoting the movie. Summit Entertainment, who made the movie, moved the release date from March to November to “take advantage of the holiday box office”, but it could also allow some of the current controversy to die down.
They’ve now got issues as to how they handle Card’s involvement in the promotion, like an appearance at July’s Comic-Con — it would be a big problem if he’s asked about his views in any Q&A session. According to the Hollywood Reporter there seems to be some consensus on the issue in the industry.
I don't think you take him to any fanboy event,” says one studio executive. “This will definitely take away from their creative and their property.” Another executive sums up the general consensus: “Keep him out of the limelight as much as possible.”
Right. They’ve now got to promote the film without the author’s help. This probably sums the whole situation up: trying to do that “would be like trying to promote the first Harry Potter movie without J.K. Rowling."
People close to the movie are already distancing themselves from Card, but it’s not going to be an easy task, particularly as he’s one of the movie’s producers. I don’t envy them the challenge, either. What do you think? Can they build up the movie and leave Card in the shadows? Is the story going to continue to run? I’d say it probably is.
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