LYT: At a recent book fair in L.A., Orson Scott Card said he didn't want to see Speaker for the Dead ever get made. Are there restrictions on what the sequels are, and are you attached contractually to do any more after this one?
GH: At the moment the answer is no, I'm not attached. It was so hard to get this film made, and to raise the money, which we got from many distributors around the world, including obviously Summit here in America. We needed financing and no one studio would make this film on its own; they just felt it was too risky. So it was so hard to get the movie made that nobody was ready to sign any deals for a second one until - and we're still in that place - unless this thing does well, there won't be a second one.
So we're all kind of nervously waiting to see what happens on November 1, quite frankly. And then there will have to be a conversation about - although obviously we've had certain conversations, like if we were to do a second one, how would we approach it, and there are multiple ways.
Speaker for the Dead, as you know, involves Ender 30 years older, which isn't great if you're trying to keep your fan base attached to the actors that you've already used in the first one. So the answer to your question is there are currently no definite plans to make a sequel. We have to see how we do on November 1st, and then we will have to see what kind of sequel we make, if we would like to keep some of our key cast in place - especially the young cast, I mean - Asa and Hailee and so on.
LYT: Has Orson seen it yet? I know he visited on the set and said it looked great, but do you have a reaction from him?
GH: Yes, he has, I believe, had a very positive response, but I haven't seen it with him. So I'm told by his agents that he really liked the movie. But I think that's something that you'd have to follow up with him. I don't want to speak for him. I really don't , you know what I mean...
LYT: I feel like they're keeping him from the press at the moment, which may be the best idea.
GH: Yes. You said it, not me. [laughs]
LYT: I'm a fan of the book - I'm interested to see how it plays with people who don't know it.
GH: Yes, thank you, I am too, because it's got to work for both, and that's what's always hard with these books that have a strong fan base - and as I say, I'm a fan - so it's tricky, because you have to make it work for both, and I hope we have. I think we have.
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