Though it doesnā€™t hit theaters until October, Lionsgateā€™s long-gestating adaptation of Orson Scott Cardā€™s Enderā€™s Game has become increasingly embattled as its promotional campaign winds up. Cardā€™s patronizingly unremorseful and curt statementĀ on the more vocal responses to his homophobic views did nothing to calm calls for a boycott of the film. And now Lionsgate, which had already left Card out of the upcoming panel at Comic-Con, has gone a step further by releasing an official statement distancing the studio and film from Cardā€™s views, which they say are "completely irrelevant" to the $110 million dollar sci-fi epic it would like people to see this fall.

Citing past productions like Gods And Monsters and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, and playing up its internal policies recognizing same-sex unions and domestic partnership in employee benefits, the studio further announced it would hold a charity premiere of Ender's Game to benefit LGBT causes. Card is presumably grumbling about all this somewhere, but itā€™s a savvy and rationally compassionate gesture from a studio looking to calm the outrage before it gets out of control.