Orson Scott Card’s contract doesn’t give him share in movie ticket profits


Given the strong anti-equality views of author Orson Scott card, many LGBT fans have been debating if they want to see the long-awaited movie adaptation of his novel “Ender’s Game,” with some not only vowing to boycott but urging others to do the same.

However, according to multiple sources including TheWrap, visual effects company Digital Domain, and film distributor Summit Entertainment, Card’s take from the film will not include profits from movie ticket sales.

Many big-name authors today, most famously J.K. Rowling, have been able to have significant influence over the film adaptations of their books; however, that isn’t always the case.

The president of Monteiro Rose Dravis Agency, Jason Dravis, told TheWrap, “It changes with every deal depending on the stature of the property and the author, how the picture is going to be financed and balancing all that out to decide if an author wants upfront cash versus backend participation. There’s no set rule or trend that I’ve seen going one way or the other. It really depends on the individual author’s tolerance for risk.” The agency is known for having represented the authors of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “The Hunger Games” in their movie deals.

In the case of Ender’s Game, there was talk of a movie almost immediately after it was published in 1985; however, Card was never able to develop the screenplay to his own satisfaction, and it ended up in studio development hell for years. By the time it was rescued by OddLot Entertainment, which currently owns the rights to the book, for all intents and purposes, the movie project had effectively nothing to do with Card, including financially. (However, it should be noted that he does still profit from all sales of his books.)

Those who are involved with the current efforts have gone to lengths to denounce Card’s views on equality, especially Lionsgate Entertainment; the company, an industry leader in recognizing employees’ same-sex partners, went so far as to team up with Equality California for its “Ender’s Game” events in Los Angeles.

Science fiction fan Lauren Vaterlaus told 429Magazine, “As much as I liked the books when I was younger, it really upset me when I found out Orson Scott Card’s views on the LGBT community, and it made me not want to ever back him financially. That’s why I’m glad to hear he won’t be seeing a dime of profit off the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie and I can go see it with a clean conscience.”

The movie premiered on November 1.


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