Mass Effect movie five or six years away, says producer

Avi Arad discusses "big idea" for upcoming film based on BioWare's RPG; gives updates on Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted movies.

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Gamers holding out for the upcoming Mass Effect movie may want to get comfortable. Producer Avi Arad told Kotaku in a new interview that the film's release is five or six years away, putting its potential debut at 2018 or 2019.

"It's a big idea, that we, humans, are the least developed, the least trusted. It's an interesting mirror image of our world, we are the aliens now," Arad said of the film's script. "Love the project, it's getting there, it's been a lot of work; some movies take five, six years before they're ready."

Arad, who helped bring comic book heroes Iron Man and Spider-Man to the big screen, also has a hand in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie. He said he is planning to have dinner with creator Hideo Kojima soon and that the film is in its early stages, not expected to hit theaters for three or more years.

"If you go to Metal Gear Solid, it's actually full of storytelling," Arad said, adding that he always looks to operas or the Bible for storytelling inspiration. "And with Metal Gear, you have Cain and Abel."

Arad also addressed the Uncharted movie, which has been a long time coming. He said this film has a great chance to succeed because of its story and relationships between characters, among other things.

"I think Uncharted will be very successful. It's a father and son game," Arad said. "There are things about it that are interesting. I think the world of antiquities theft, there are many countries in the world that realized they're being robbed and they're trying to recoup these important pieces. Now, the script has a lot of character [and] I think that has a shot at being the first one [to succeed]."

Naughty Dog is reportedly very interested in bringing on Superbad writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to work on the Uncharted film.

Ultimately, Arad said he understands the task that is in front of him. He acknowledged that adapting games to films has been a challenge thus far for movie studios. Even if a game sells well, it does not mean a film will also be a success, he said.

"I think that film studios are bankers and filmmakers are risk takers and somewhere in between we meet on the battlefield," Arad said. "And the moment one video game movie goes through the roof, it's the same thing that I've been through with comic books."

Discussion

290 comments
AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

Nice to see they're not rushing it, or at least taking the time to think about how it's going to work.

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

I think that the movie about someone other than sheppard

brianlauti
brianlauti

Those are just suggestions but iam looking forward to the movie

brianlauti
brianlauti

I agree with all the others saying that the movie is not going to meet the demands of the fans.Instead of making a movie about Shepard though, they can make a movie about each of the crew members story or Admiral Anderson's story on the First Contact War or other stories but just not Shepard's story.

adward22
adward22

at least 5 or 6 month to make this shit  just like holywood movies not 5 or 7 years ...get real.. in the end it will be suks movie  :)

swantn5
swantn5

i wonder how many times the script will be rewritten by then i wonder what type of sherpard male or female probly male 

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

A movie about Shepard is a terrible idea though, since every player has a different character in mind (let alone the gender choice).  A mini series would have suited it better, but the whole franchise really died on me, so no loss there.

tightwad34
tightwad34

5 or 6 years? There isn't any guarantee that Mass Effect will evens still be popular then. Heck, it seems to me like it kind of lost some after the whole debacle with the third game.

UltraredM
UltraredM

This sounds like a horrible idea.

1. Films based on video games are awful and are flops 95% of the time.

2. How the hell do you make an engaging film based on a video game where one of the highlights of the game was making your own decisions and (not) seeing them come to fruition?

toyo75
toyo75

Live action video game based movies usually end up disappointing the fans of the game.

It will be much better if the movie is all CGI animation just like what was done with the Resident Evil animated movies; "Resident Evil: Degeneration" and "Resident Evil: Damnation."

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

Video game based movies will always suck...

ChristysXmas
ChristysXmas

The games have more movie than a movie. Why bother making one?

Gagomkd
Gagomkd

I hope that the ME movie will be awesome.Just don't rush it and take your time.We want it to be perfect(more or less).

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Is it gonna have 1 ending scene at the theater and two slightly altered scenes when I buy it later on for Blueray?

Psycold
Psycold

Great idea, in 5 or 6 years people are still totally going to care about Mass Effect. :/

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Sooo far away. Really looking forward to it though. 

adward22
adward22

wait for assassins creed movie coming 2014 ....altair is back :)

adward22
adward22

iam thinking the movie will be just like star trek into darkness :) it will be suk movie trust me it wont work when they will bring a badass  bold guy with big muscles actor calling him shepared 


oh boy it cant be help :)

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

again, I would rather play an uncharted movie than watch one.

Pororong
Pororong

5 or 6 years is too much of the wait,unless they will bomb something awesome with the game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

the problem with movies now a days is that they think we are all retarded ape like creatures that think transformer movies are good.....

no I don't think people dying and being squashed to death then followed up with some lame ass joke from some random robot is funny nor amusing

chopper gets blown to bits 20 good people die and the hero is like:

wow explosions.... the shit is getting real... quick hot chick lets run randomly until I can scream OPTIMUS 

: /

Gamer-Elias
Gamer-Elias

Damn so much hate around here give the movie a break ya nut sacks for gods sake if you think the movie will be awful just don't watch it jesus 

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

Honestly they should have made it CGI like the Mass Effect 2 cinematic trailer, even if it told an identical story to the games except in CGI i'm sure all the Mass Effect fans will contribute greatly to the box office and other Sci-fi fans can enjoy a top notch CGI flick. Everyone wins in the end.

Itmeow
Itmeow

Ehhhh in five or six years most people probably wont give two shits about a Mass Effect movie. Unless there is some amazing marketing and  the movie actually looks half decent then this will flop bit time. And how the hell do you even make a movie out of a game where one of it's largest selling points is the decesions you make shaping the game world? I don't think they will be able to pull off the depth that the game had in a movie. Just won't work.

adward22
adward22

shepared we salute you forever :(

adward22
adward22

honestly idont like making amovie ..y know when they copy the same idea from movie to game  or game to amovie its bad idea..look at tomb raider its a game origin  but the movie it was realy badass :)

thorn3000
thorn3000

honestly as much as I liked Mass Effect, in 6 years I think me as well as the vast majority of people will have moved on and the movie will be a flop, it they made a movie about ME1 around the time ME3 came out of even now, then ok, but in another 6 years this game will be mostly forgotten, heck we might have PS5 by that time!

adward22
adward22

mass effect movie?? than about the game mass effect 4??when they will show us some detail or footage ?..........bring shepard back y scums :)

MegaX-
MegaX-

I imagine this movie will be about the occupation of the Shanxi Colony and about humans fighting the Turians since this has the most intense fighting in the ME lore and wouldn't need much explaining to do for the newcomers who watch the film.

I just hope Shepard won't make an appearance whatever the timeline/setting will be for the movie.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Five or six years for a ME movie? Hah, we'll almost have another trilogy of ME games by that time. As for Metal Gear Solid, that game has often been accused of wanting to be a movie too much, so it's a perfect match. I'd rather wait for a good movie, than watch a bad one within a year or two, though a hilaribad movie (like the Dungeon Siege or the Dungeons and Dragons movie), that's another thing :P.

erMonezza
erMonezza

Movies out of games = bad idea.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Yes, they need the extra time to add in LGBT propaganda.

Rafficus_III
Rafficus_III

I was initially excited, but I don't want this to happen now. Video games never translate over to movies well.

modernsocks
modernsocks

Why bother? After one great game, one decent follow up and a lazy, uninspired conclusion, we're apt to be rather sick of it already....

SlayNasty
SlayNasty

anyone else get the feeling that this arad guy's knowledge of any of the games he mentioned doesn't go beyond what he has seen in a short video or read on the back of the case. Mass effect is about something of an epic scale not just humans are aliens no shit. and father son game where is that coming from expectations have just been adjusted 

GERMANY21
GERMANY21

@AwkwardTurtle42  You are true but I thought it comes sooner !?! But I prefer to watch a complete movie so publish it when its ready ... 

euphoric666
euphoric666

@UltraredM and besides all that, you have the timing... of course 5 years from now there will be an new mass effect game but i guess wi'll be a little  tired of the franchise... mass effect is fresh right now, give us the movie next year already. Leave it to Neil Blookamp.

X-7
X-7

@adward22 Ummm... so what you are saying is that they should get someone who is not like Shepard?

X-7
X-7

@DarthLod One of the reasons why I never finished the series since a lot of that was forced.

GERMANY21
GERMANY21

@AwkwardTurtle42  true  > right *

(Just so excited )

GERMANY21
GERMANY21

@Harbinger_CR @brianlauti  Yep ! Seeing what was behind this war and there is no need to show Shepard ! Just think about it , this can be great ...

adward22
adward22

iam saying they cant make movie story about mass effect with scenes taken by videogame ..the game has a long stoy ....but bold guy ??

hmm i dont like this shit ..shepared will be shamed if someone digrace his honor  :)