"They have rights to certain of the books," Orci said. "I'm not sure which ones, and it's two companies so I'm not sure who controls it."Here's the current what's what regarding Ender's Game sequels: none of the fan sites have any idea, most of the "facts" you'll find on Twitter and Tumblr are intensely fictionalized, and anyone who might know for sure isn't talking.
So the sequel could be another book in the Ender series, but in a different order. Card did write Ender in Exile in 2008, long after Speaker, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. A War of Gifts takes place during Ender's time in Battle School. Orci had another promising option too.
"Or it could be potentially original because in Speaker for the Dead you pick him up when he's already a man. There might be an in between step if that happens."
Speaker does jump ahead into Ender's adulthood, so an original sequel would give them the option of sticking with the cast of Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
"That's why I think the rights that they worked out is it could either be one of the books or it could be original or a mix so that you can do what you need to do for a movie," Orci said.
Does that keep us from hoping? Of course not. And speaking for myself, I would be perfectly happy if any potential sequel involved book mash-ups or original stories involving Ender and his Battle School best. The possibilities are essentially endless -- and I'm certain, whatever happens, those possibilities are in the right hands.
Here's a big shout out to Bob Orci for helping keep the Ender fan flame alive!