Mass Effect movie project now science fact

EA/BioWare pens deal with Legendary Pictures to bring the world of Commander Shepard to the big screen; <i>I Am Legend</i>, <i>Thor</i> movie writer in talks to pen script.

The last time word surfaced about a possible film adaptation of futuristic actioner Mass Effect, it appeared that a film version was still a distant reality. At the time, BioWare project director Casey Hudson said the company was just "looking at [its] options."

It seems that the option-seeking time frame has already concluded, with confirmation today that Legendary Pictures has signed a deal with EA and BioWare to produce a film based on the expansive sci-fi game universe. According to Deadline New York, the Mass Effect 2 film will be cofinanced and distributed by Warner Bros.

No details yet on whether Shepard will be a man or a woman in the film.

Writer Mark Protosevich--who wrote the screenplay for I Am Legend and the upcoming Thor film--is said to be in talks to pen the script. Mass Effect isn't the only game-based title on Legendary's slate, with the company also working on a World of Warcraft movie being helmed by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. The game's story follows the adventures of Commander Shepard, whose ongoing mission is to stop an impending galactic invasion of a seemingly all-powerful alien race known as the Reapers.

Mass Effect joins a growing list of game-to-film adaptations currently in the works. Apart from the aforementioned Warcraft film, TV network SyFy is making a telefilm based on THQ's Red Faction games, while Warner Bros. is on track to produce another Mortal Kombat film. And then of course there's the Prince of Persia movie, opening worldwide this month.

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heroesfan261
heroesfan261

Plus, they should get someone better to do the script, thor's was pretty dang bad. Howabout you get the guys that did Star Trek?

heroesfan261
heroesfan261

How the hell would you do this? Shepherd could either be a guy or a chick and who would they choose to keep alive and who would they choose to kill off?

darktruth007
darktruth007

Uh, great. So they've decided to make a mass effect film about a game most me-fans have already played. It might actually be interesting - for people who *haven't* played ME1.

vic484
vic484

@splashy101 ummm... The same way they turn a good book into a badass movie... If the director knows what hes doing he can pull it off...

elessarGObonzo
elessarGObonzo

hate to see em making stupid*ss movies from great comics, games, and other sources. i can't think of one game turned movie that was worth a crap. all these comic based movies for the last 10 years seem to have been made for lil kids and ruined the adult themes of the stories. we can always hope they might do it right though.

splashy101
splashy101

This is a bad idea! first of all mass effect 2 takes at least 30 hours to complete, putting that into a 90 or 120 minute movie is near impossible, considering masss effect has so much entertaining and important dialogue that their gonna end up skipping alot! and the second thing is I always saw mass effect 1 & 2 as a high production sci fi series like stargate or star trek (few examples)... I don't like this idea, but I would still like to see how this turns out!

mcjarty
mcjarty

this should be freakin sweet!

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

Meh. I've got a bad feeling about this... While I absolutely love the game series, I don't think a movie will do nearly as good, because, as already mentioned, one of the things that made ME great were all the decisions you got to pick. But now, the whole story will just be one way or another, and.. meh... I'd rather they put more effort into the third installment of the series.

raichou
raichou

Adapt ME2 as the film's plot and than use ME1 as flashback scenes.

Astendarth
Astendarth

Good idea, if Bioware themselves would take it to their own hands and do a full length movie from their Cinematic at the start of ME2, I would be so much more confident, that the movie would be just as perfect as both games.

rurouni890
rurouni890

I think that this truly has potential, I mean, the games already play out similar to an action film. This is especially true in the cut scenes, if they stick to more of a cgi instead of live action, I would definitely go see it.

GlovePuppet
GlovePuppet

I am just glad that Uwe Boll stayed away from ME.

MiniSiets
MiniSiets

Finally we're seeing some actually worthy game-to-movie adaptations. I think half the reason they've always done bad aside from Uwe Boll, is that they always are based on average titles at best. I mean who really gives a sh*t about a Blood Rayne movie? Now if they could just get Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, and FreeSpace movies going... :3

KaiserXIV
KaiserXIV

This one is skeptical. This one fears for quality of film.....

jtech50
jtech50

I don't understand. I know everyone likes movies, but Bioware games are cinematic epics within themselves. When the end credits rolled around in ME2, I said to myself, "wow, that was a better experience than any movie could ever give." The key is that movies limit your creativity. They assign plot points and decisions that the audience has no say in. Bioware's magic comes in the moral and plot decisions the player gets to make. I'm not against them making a movie. But you may as well just give the game another play through on a new character instead.

Sou1forged
Sou1forged

@Trident85: You're right. In fact, a majority of those movies seems to be made by german director Uwe Boll, considered by many to be the new Ed Wood...

Trident85
Trident85

Its true that video game movies usually dont turn out too well...but it's just because they get really bad directors with tiny budgets to do it with. I pray this comes out and carries that awe-inspiring feel that the games did....and with a good director and backed by Legendary films, this could be a huge hit :)

Andrex89
Andrex89

I cannot wait for this movie. though a lot of u have a point as to the personal touches everyone has to there own sheppard. But seeing how most/all movies have the hero its no doubt they will try a mixed good guy- baddass with the film. having a distinctive character that you can customize to your liking is to hard to translate to a film. dont screw it up, for your fans sake.

Senior_Rosa
Senior_Rosa

Movies from comics or vg have always been crap, and this works the other way round too. That is an all time rule. Of course there are some exceptions (i.e. Sin City)

biotyrant
biotyrant

hopefully this will surpass Star Wars

DarthPlush
DarthPlush

@uberjannie Well, that's why I said she's a good voice actress AND a real actress. And totally hawt.

SillyFillyBilly
SillyFillyBilly

You know, this movie doesn't have to be about the game. There are so many more possible movie ideas in the Mass Effect universe: The First Contact War, the downfall of Saren (AKA the books), The Lazarus Project and the two years between Shepards death and rebuilding... Hell, follow the journey of an Alliance ship during the events of the first game, ending with the Battle of the Citadel. This doesn't have to be hard to do, you can't make a movie about Shepards journey that everyone will like, why try?

dreadhead456
dreadhead456

This is a bad idea. Everyone's Shepard is different. Mass Effect is amazing because it really is your personal experience. You choose what you look like, your background, your attitude and who you have relationships with. Somebody else making all those decisions for you is just boring. It takes the fun out of all of it. Let's face it, once you take away all of the customization and dialogue choices, Mass Effect is just a normal shooter. The only thing that could make this decent is a BIG budget and a lot of time. It could still be a decent Sci-fi film. However, it wont be able to capture the Mass Effect experience.

fattass21
fattass21

no........... god no.............. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. well, ill still watch it lol

EXODYS
EXODYS

Do hope they make 3 movies, one for each game ;)

KOBE23IVAN
KOBE23IVAN

Mass Effect movie will never be better then the game... i really hope they put some origin/background [earthborn, ruthless, spacer, warhero etc.] story in the movie.

poncy
poncy

I just hope that the movie's as EPIC as the game .. and if it does, here's to hoping it's a trilogy as well.

DeathKnightZieg
DeathKnightZieg

also 85% of the time video games that inspire movies and vice versa turn out to be crap. I'm not holding my breath for this. (( Also 96% of time when anime inspire real life action movie aka dragon ball also turn out to be crap.)

DeathKnightZieg
DeathKnightZieg

So how's that Warcraft movie that Legendary films is supposed to be making since oh i don't know 07? 08?

rehatheway
rehatheway

BigGhost_AJT: I agree with you in that it will be hard to define a character who does not in fact exist in any two games. The bright side is if they plan on including Miranda Lawson she should be easy to cast as long as you have hair dye, lol. I'll at least give it a chance, but the game is practically an epic movie already.

QuatrixJ
QuatrixJ

Good luck making it a WORLD OF Warcraft movie instead of just a Warcraft movie. They'd have to leave the house to watch the movie.

Uhagi
Uhagi

This is the future people, video games and movies coming into one. Most people who play video games are in there late twenties and early thirties. So transforming movies into games and games into movies can be a grand market for consumers and producers alike. The future of entertainment I wish I was in on it.

brian_13un
brian_13un

This Movie will Have a Elcor Cast Members

winter_knights
winter_knights

as awesome as it would be for Shepard to be female. it wont happen. Shepard is predominantly a male just like revan people. *rolls eyes* we just have the option to make it a female so we feel closer to our character. In the movie Shepard will be a male. and alot of you have a valid point. they should base the movie off a book or before shepard came into focus, cuz its just a whole leap of fail waiting to happen if they dont. and i REALLY dont want them messing up Mass Effect like they did hitman.

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

Mass Effect movie is intriguing. My concern is how they will characterize Cmdr Sheppard. Is not like they're casting just a character like Master Chief or Mario. Sheppard is to every player what they wanted Sheppard to be. Whomever they get to play the part will not fit with everyone's idea of Sheppard. Could be a disconnect there. Me? My Sheppard looks like some bad Lawrence Fishburn with scars. Pretty sure that's not how he will look in the game.

QuatrixJ
QuatrixJ

Good luck making it a WORLD OF Warcraft movie instead of just a Warcraft movie. They'd have to leave the house to watch the movie.

Australians
Australians

can't wait wonder if its going to do one of the romance options?

InsaneTaco
InsaneTaco

this movie will be very good or very bad

Rocker6
Rocker6

@ NoiseMonkeyy I agree with you.They should turn ME books or comics into a movie.Like you said,game is different for everybody.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Both games are great,books and comics are great,now make the movie great,dont screw up like Pop or Hitman were screwed.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

This would make a great movie under the right director. The characters and story are right up there for action, drama, and sequels. Lets hope that time is put into it and the actors are chosen carefully to propel the storyline. Mass Affect is among my most favorite games and so far they have not let me down. Hope the same goes for the movie.

NoiseMonkeyy
NoiseMonkeyy

I don't think it will work, purley because whiche character gender they go with and which moral path the film goes with someone will be unhappy, Mass Effect is different for everybody so sticking with a generic path is just not going to work.

Raice
Raice

Please let it be female shepard! I'm so tired of male action heroes. In fact, I'd just go and cast jennifer hale, she does perfect voice already.

H2089
H2089

I kinda like the Mass Effect games more than I like a Star Wars movie/game, no offence to fans of George Lucas, but that's how I feel :P. John Shepard just seems like my kind of hero (paragon, or otherwise). Never liked Luke Skywalker too much :P, I only saw the movies because Han Solo (Harrison Ford) & Darth Vader were cool :D (+Jabba the Pizza Guy was funny). As a further comparaison I see Mass Effect as being a better evolved plot, they do go out of their way to explain things in an almost believable scientific matter & possibility, whereas in Star Wars you just knew there were Jedis, Syths (or Siths, dunno the correct word) & The Force. No offence to Star Wars fans once again, but I believe that a Mass Effect movie done right (with a good director, script, actors) could seriously kick some ass (paragon or renegade style, u name it :D).

IRoxxorUrSoxxor
IRoxxorUrSoxxor

If Shepard is a woman, I am not going to see the movie.

redskinStu
redskinStu

This will never happen. Just like Halo. Star Wars, by thre way, is part of popualr culture Gamespot writer. Mass Effect is a game, nothing more.

Torque203
Torque203

Karl Urban i think looks exactly like Shepard. hes the bad guy from the Chronicles of Riddick and the Bourne Supremacy. and he was in star trek. hes not a stranger to science fiction and action movies

DreadTheD
DreadTheD

Matthew Fox as Commander Shepard? Hes already played one Shepard, looks like the main character, is the right age, and certainly has the acting chops to pull it off.

10FootMidget
10FootMidget

I sure hope they don't mess this up. They should have the guys who wrote the game script writing the movie script, just saying. Hopefully they pick someone good to play Shepard too.