Dystopian films 'Ender's Game,' 'Divergent' kick off Comic-Con

Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:53pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Dystopian futuristic films stormed through the sunny skies of San Diego's Comic-Con on Thursday, as the cast and creators of "Ender's Game" and "Divergent" brought exclusive footage for fans to see.

Veteran actor Harrison Ford, revered by the Comic-Con audiences for his roles in science-fiction films such as "Star Wars," was raucously welcomed to the stage by the crowd of more than 6,000 people in the convention's coveted Hall H for a panel on "Ender's Game," out in theaters on November 1.

The film, based on a novel by Orson Scott Card, follows an exceptionally intelligent child, Ender, who is sent to train as a military specialist to organize the fight against future alien invasions. British newcomer Asa Butterfield plays Ender.

Ford, who plays Ender's mentor, Colonel Graff, said he saw many parallels between the issues explored in the film and the real world.

"This book, which was written 28 years ago, imagined a world that has become an everyday reality; the ability to wage war removed from the battlefield is one of the realities of our life with drone warfare," Ford said.

This year's convention has seen a flurry of dystopian young adult films, all hoping to gain a slice of the audience left behind after the vampire romance "Twilight" and boy wizard "Harry Potter" franchises concluded.

Last year's Lions Gate film "The Hunger Games," based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, ushered in a new audience for more serious and challenging young adult films. The sequel, "Catching Fire," will be featured at the convention on Saturday with main stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in attendance.

Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp., is also showcasing "The Mortal Instruments" on Friday, another film adapted from a futuristic novel.   Continued...