“Ender’s Game” producer Roberto Orci. (Photo/Summit Entertainment)

“Enders Game” producer Roberto Orci reveals “biggest challenges”

Millions of fans worldwide are anxiously awaiting the release of “Ender’s Game,” the highly anticipated sci-fi film based on the 1985 novel. But with such a high-profile project, there’s no small amount of responsibility in translating the beloved story to the screen – a responsibility that film producer Roberto Orci took extremely seriously.

“I actually read the book when I was 12 years old,” says Orci, whose producer/writer credits include films like “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” “I loved it.”

And being a fan, explains Orci, meant that he was both ecstatic and concerned when he received a call from filmmaker Gigi Pritzker to help produce the film. It was a “childhood dream that I never imagined would be true,” says Orci, but there were challenges in producing it for Hollywood.

“I felt that I had to be true to the book,” says Orci, born in Mexico City. “But it’s complicated, full of adult themes.   You know, we had to make it feel Hollywood without sacrificing the storyline.”

“Enders Game” – which hits theaters nationwide on Nov. 1 – stars an all-star cast including Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. Featuring the story of young brainiac Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, who is charged with saving the world by use of technology and strategy, it’s a film that touches themes across ethics and fantasy – true to Orci’s first impressions of the book by Orson Scott Card.

“I think fans will appreciate what we tried to do with the actors – to bring a face to the emotions that are portrayed in the book,” says Orci, who has recently signed on to produce a Latino James Bond-type series titled “El Rey” with partner Robert Rodriguez. “That was probably one of the biggest challenges, to bring that emotion on-screen.”

And while there were challenges aplenty during the filming and post-production – Orci was involved with pitching the film to investors, adapting the script, working on set and editing the final movie – “Enders Game” represents a project that’s shaped in part by a Latino in Hollywood.

“The numbers are growing and I’m proud of that,” says Orci, whose father is Mexican and mother is Cuban. “One of the markers of success in a film is how it does overseas – and who better is there than a Latino who is bilcultural and bilingual, to help tell a story that has worldwide appeal?”

“I think because of that, Latino filmmakers have – and will continue to have – success in Hollywood. And I’m excited to be a part of that.”

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