Lionsgate has announced that it will host a premiere of the film Ender’s Game as a benefit event for LGBT support groups. The announcement comes after the book’s author, Orson Scott Card, wrote a call for people to be tolerant of his anti-LGBT views and activities in support of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). LGBT groups have been calling for a boycott of the film due to Card’s outspoken activism and his position as a board member of NOM.
A teacher at Schofield Middle School in Aiken County, South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after a 14-year old student and his parents complained that the teacher read pornographic material to them. According to the student’s complaint, the teacher read from three works which the student found in appropriate, including Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. After learning that the school was going to handle the matter internally, the family filed a complaint with the police department, when the school failed to notify under a South Carolina law requiring police notification whenever there is a possibility of criminal activity.
NIAD Management is suing Orson Scott Card for commissions due from the film and web adaptations of Ender’s Game. When Card signed with NIAD in 2006, the contract specifically noted that they would not receive commissions on the Ender’s Game film optioned by Warner Bros. When the Warners option expired in 2008, the project was shopped to other studios and NIAD claims that the exclusion clause only applies to the project made by Warners, not subsequent projects.