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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 08:23am 26/05/10 | 15 Comments
Legendary Pictures have picked up the option to adapt a film based on BioWare's critically acclaimed Mass Effect series, and are going ahead with the project in what looks to be an ASAP capacity. BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeshuck will executive produce the film, alongside Mass Effect 2 director Casey Hudson. Scripting duties are being looked into by I Am Legend penmen, Mark Protosovich, while Marvel Pics' Avi Arad is likely on board to produce.

There's no denying the series is rich in imagery, imagination and story, but translating the free-form conversation and dynamic decision-making of the game is definitely an arduous task. I doubt it would at all be broached, leaving a major gap in any form of true adaptation.

Still Legendary haven't done us too wrong with the likes of 300 and The Dark Knight under their belt, so we'll just have to wait and see. (I wonder if Martin Sheen will play the Elusive Man?)



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ravn0s
Posted 09:29am 26/5/10
i think it would be better as a tv show or mini series
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:02am 26/5/10
good call rav - totally agree
parabol
Posted 10:10am 26/5/10
Legendary Pictures have picked up the option to adapt a film based on BioWare's critically acclaimed Mass Effect series

Um, yeah there's already an awesome TV show that has pretty much the same general story (big bad ancient and unknown enemy coming from the edges of space to repeatedly kill off races when they mature, humans trying to form an alliance, alliance based in central citadel/ship, tough human commander guy, jump gates, etc):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105946/

(seriously, best TV show ever - also why I liked the original Mass Effect so much!)
stinky
Posted 10:18am 26/5/10
Yeah Babylon 5 was awesome ... but it was no SAAB.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:35am 26/5/10
you're all on crack - Battlestar is the best sci-fi series yet
3dee
Posted 12:14pm 26/5/10
F*** yeah! Hope they don't make it terribad.
CSIRAC
Posted 12:43pm 26/5/10
As long as they remove all the super cheesy lines from the game it might be ok.. maybe
WetWired
Posted 12:54pm 26/5/10
lol as if they would bother trying to adapt free form conversation and dynamic decision making into a movie adaptation, the fact that you even bothered to mention it makes me laugh
Steve Farrelly
Posted 01:00pm 26/5/10
that's the point wet - some games it wouldn't matter in the movie adaptation because they don't support such a feature, but the diverse, dynamic conversation system is what sets mass effect apart, meaning it wouldn't necessarily be a true adaptation when considering film
Khel
Posted 01:20pm 26/5/10
I just hope they go with all the renegade options for shepherd when writing the script, I don't want to watch no pansy paragon shepherd.
Josh
Posted 02:18pm 26/5/10
Im skeptical to say the least, although I do remember saying to myself "man that should be a movie" when watching the trailer for mass effect 1
Spook
Posted 05:45pm 26/5/10
i would hope there is heaps of doing it to aliens in this moofie

ps paragon sheppard is cooler
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:22am 28/5/10
They should make it an interactive series.

Basically draw out an overarching plot, then air 2-3 episodes. At the end of the run have a couple of major choices that need to be made by the characters. Have the fans vote as to what choices are taken, then adapt the the story to suit the choices with the most votes, rinse and repeat and see where the series takes you.

That'd be pretty sweet, except it would probably be expensive and slow.
ravn0s
Posted 10:09am 28/5/10
nah that would be s***. you would vote then have to wait a few months while they made the next set of episodes.
Mephz
Posted 02:06pm 28/5/10
nah that would be s***. you would vote then have to wait a few months while they made the next set of episodes.
You mean as opposed to the current system where a season ends and you have to wait a few months while they make the next set of episodes?
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