July 15th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
"Ender's Game" author Orson Scott Card may have recently proclaimed the gay marriage issue "moot," but studio Lionsgate isn't done addressing the conversation.
The studio is adapting Card's popular novel into a movie this fall, and potential viewers have threatened to boycott the movie as a call to action against Card's views on gay marriage.
The controversy prompted Card to release a statement last week, in which he said that the futuristic "Ender's Game" "has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984."
"Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute," Card concluded.
Lionsgate, meanwhile, isn't interested in waiting around. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the studio distanced itself from Card's stance.
“As proud longtime supporters of the LGBT community, champions of films ranging from 'Gods and Monsters' to 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower,' and a company that is proud to have recognized same-sex unions and domestic partnerships within its employee benefits policies for many years, we obviously do not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card and those of the National Organization for Marriage," Lionsgate said.
"However, they are completely irrelevant to a discussion of "Ender's Game." The simple fact is that neither the underlying book nor the film itself reflect these views in any way, shape or form. ... Lionsgate will continue its longstanding commitment to the LGBT community by exploring new ways we can support LGBT causes and, as part of this ongoing process, will host a benefit premiere for 'Ender's Game.'"
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