Report: Mass Effect making move to movies

During the Austin Game Developers Conference earlier this week, BioWare spoke at length on the various cinematic techniques it employed to enhance the interactive storytelling in Mass Effect. It now appears as if BioWare may be able to see how it works the other way around. Variety is reporting...

During the Austin Game Developers Conference earlier this week, BioWare spoke at length on the various cinematic techniques it employed to enhance the interactive storytelling in Mass Effect. It now appears as if BioWare may be able to see how it works the other way around. Variety is reporting this week that ex-Marvel CEO Avi Arad has optioned the rights to produce a film based on the EA-owned property.

Variety reports that the film is still in a planning stage, with Arad likely looking to attach a writer, director, and studio to the project. It's worth noting that a myriad of gaming properties have been optioned by Hollywood players to no result in the past, including NCsoft's City of Heroes, Midway's The Suffering, and Arad's own EverQuest. EA and BioWare had not responded to GameSpot's requests for comment as of press time.

Arad is no stranger to making movies based on games. In addition to the aforementioned EverQuest movie, the producer stands on more solid ground with Capcom's David Hayter-penned Lost Planet film, which was the subject of the publisher's press conference at this year's E3. Arad has also been credited with sparking Marvel's recent spate of well-received comic-book based films, including Spider-Man and X-Men.

For its part, EA has made substantial moves into broadening the reach of its various brands to other media. In July, the publisher announced that it had signed with United Talent Agency for representation in the film and television space. EA has also professed its intention to extend Will Wright and EA Maxis' evolution simulator Spore to a breadth of media, including TV and movies.

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revanknight
revanknight

PLEASE BE GOOD Bioware is starting to be even more progressive than usual, but I am absolutely sure that they won't make it unless they are completely confident that it is going to be good.

SunnyBarks
SunnyBarks

Jason Stratham masseffect no, but might make a fine lead for halo movie he's got the voice down pat.

SunnyBarks
SunnyBarks

Why not Viggo Mortison from Lord of the Rings and history violence. I'm not con convinced that the lost dude fits he's too tall for one. Let's hope that Legend doesnt try to fit the stories from ME1 to 3 into the one movie, please god no!

slyguy65
slyguy65

I said it once ill say it again the dude from lost NEEDS to be commander shepeard or it fits so well he plays a leader in the show he'll already be used to being called sheapard AND he even looks like him and can do the whole calm and serious tone thing.

bobbo888
bobbo888

@kite467. Books don't necessarily have endings, they have series just like tv shows and movies. And no, they don't have to make 2 movies (If they were to it in a series, it would be three movies because they're making a third one too), not to mention it's gonna be a movie BASED on the video game.

OF-5
OF-5

SCREW YOU EA! Stop messing with good games by making crappy movies!

mrbojangles25
mrbojangles25

Just stop, EA. Just stop...please. Just give developers money to make good games, give them time to do so, and take a percentage of the profits to make a fair profit. Thats it.

oskuuu
oskuuu

Please don't screw this up! i hope this movie will be as epic as the game, but we'll see =/

kite467
kite467

um IF this happened it would be REALLY retarded, even though mass effect is crazy good. cuz if they did... they would have to make 2 movies MOVIE1-good ending MOVIE 2-bad ending the best idea would be for them to make the BOOKS into movies cuz A.theres obviously 1 ending B.cuz there AWESOME C.it would make more sense to do that (^_^)

solidsnake2050
solidsnake2050

OK..... one thing to say- DO NOT make this unless it is very, very good, and this should be judged by players by releasing certain scenes of the movie to gaming websites and on services like xbox live and having players vote on it. This may be asking a lot, but I'm sure you can understand with the history of game movies.

Toropore
Toropore

Hopefully this will overcome the past horrid movies based on games. I really hope so.

darthrevan1990
darthrevan1990

If they do make a movie i think it should be about the war between human and turians

Nick_Rc
Nick_Rc

Cetrie has a point Biowear have to have compleate control over this film or it wont work

Excelsior69
Excelsior69

I'd write a long summary about all my thoughts about this but I think that this time I'll just say: Not another one :(

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

Fitch129 brings up a good point. No real actors. Make it all CG. They could probably even take the assets from the actual game and up-res them and make em' purdy for the big screen.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

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briananicolev
briananicolev

if they are to make a movie, they should base on the mission that took place before the game. the one that udina and anderson are talking about when the game begins and its telling the story of how sheppard got there. otherwise, if they make the movie based on the game that we play it wouldn't be the same because we choose what happened to our character. i don't think that they should ruin the video game cause honestly, its the best game i've played since the halo trilogies. i've already played it all the way up to expert about two times. i hope they don't make a movie. :[

noodles156
noodles156

as mutch as it sounds like a good idea if you don thtink ubout it makes it seem cool but if you do think ubout it it isent a very good idea i mean mass effect was one of the best games iv ever played probliy is the best. the grafics where totaily awsome but makeing a movie you woodent be able to fit the hole storry in 1 movie and i reckan that it shood just stay a game its just 2 good to be a movie and i allways try and show my family how good games reely are there no tjust presin ga button its heeps more then that and if they make a movie then i wood probliy have a beter chance for them to relize games are more then just what they seem and allso when is mass Effect 2 comin gout plzzzzzz giv us more info on that.

picklesrocks
picklesrocks

why the hell are they making a film? this is such a dumb idea

ZombieHunter4
ZombieHunter4

I don't know about a movie, but I want Mass Effect 2. ME1 is amazing!

Bombastuss
Bombastuss

Drew Karpyshyn better be wrting the script.

swelsh01
swelsh01

i played the game several times and i think that they should do a movie of sheppard as the hero of the blitz. i think that would be the best since we all played the game and since they didn't have much back story for sheppard except for what we chose. i played all three different scenarios and the hero was the best.

mezro01
mezro01

eh.. i dunno about this. Sheppard in a movie? Seems outa place. I have the game and read both books and it's all good by itself. I wonder who would make a cool sheppard though?

fzaynoun
fzaynoun

No not another Max Payne !!!

IcEdOktAInE
IcEdOktAInE

Oh and keep the same style of background music XD

IcEdOktAInE
IcEdOktAInE

Honestly I couldn't see this being a great movie if it had Shephard in it because one of the main points of the game was for yo to decide what happens. The best thing for them to do I think is make it about something that happened before the game takes place like first contact with a mass accelerator or somethin

Kabals
Kabals

If they do this correctly, they could make an epic space trilogy out of this, not to dissimilar to the Lord of the Rings movies. (no to all you fanboys, I did not just compare Mass Effect to LOTR). There is enough material in the first game (because you know there would be things added) to make more than one movie. I think it's a good idea if they get the right people involved. For a long time, Comic book movies sucked and no one would ever take them seriously. Now with the success of X-Men, Batman, etc, it's pretty clear that conventional wisdom in Hollywood doesn't have to be the norm. Get this done.

Skicreature
Skicreature

if they end up actually making the movie. it better be good. of course we all know it will be crap cause any movies after games are always crap and besides the game was so amazing you couldnt make anything bett

Cetrie
Cetrie

the only decent film of a game i ever seen was Final Fantasy VII Advent Children but i think thats because the makers of the game had full control of the movie.

Bowser453
Bowser453

I know this doesn't make much sense in reality, and I know it'll never happen, but I want bioware to actually contribute significantly to the production of this movie. Most of their games are like movies anyways, and we already know that they're awesome storytellers.

chefbabyryan
chefbabyryan

Dude lame, lets face it fellow gamers... most video game movies blow. They just need to do a great job on the Mass Effect 2 and it will be better than any movie. And if you think about it most of the sequel games have been pretty badass in recent years.

100Blondie001
100Blondie001

Hmmm i agree with the comments that they should make a movie on Mass Effect, but.. not with the same timeline and characters, mainly cause of the conflicts, and the game has an awsome storyline to begin with. If they based it on something completely different to widen the mass effect universe I think that would be real cool, maybe the racni war or something else like the war that occured between the makers of the citadel and sovereign, etc. sort of what led up too the mass effect us gamers know, im sure that would be a much better angle to look at than a recreation of an already pretty perfect storyline, cause i myself aint a big fan of hollywoodization... :S

jmrwacko
jmrwacko

This game has more potential to be a movie than any other plot I can think of, save the Halo universe. A gears of war movie will just end up like the Doom movie with all the unrealistically huge bicepts and silly weaponry, imo. Unless they give it a graphic novel style like Sin City and 300, so the ridiculous lack of realism actually works.

Shanook28
Shanook28

I dunno. I don't think this is a good game to make into a movie. I think the best thing about the game was the fact that you were able to decide what Shepard felt, said, and did, even to the point of deciding who dies and who lives. To just sit there and watch someone else decide what happens would be kinda depressing. Also, imagine all the conflict there will be over Shepard's gender. They are most likely going to make Shepard a guy. Just imagine all the pissed chick gamers--like me. Seriously, have you guys ever played it as a chick? It's so much better.

Npaviour
Npaviour

I want to direct and write this movie. We need to make the movie as authentic and realistic to the games as possible. I would pack as much as I could into movie around two and 1/2 hours long, keeping the emotion within the characters, and making Shepard, Paragon as that is the basis of the game, but with a real renegade side to him, so you don't know really what he's going to do. I would have to build up a sense of hatred, because there is no real reason within the game, why Shepard wants to kill Saren. Okay he has his reasons like he kills one of his team mates but there isn't enough to show why Shepards really wants to kill Saren. I would build the characters up in around 2 hours with there being some sacrifices to the game, like cutting out Noveria, and having the racni and Benezia on Virmire. In not too sure yet which love interest I should do, if one at all. And I don’t know which one I would sacrifice, I have to, to keep it authentic to the game. after all this in 2 hrs maybe 2 hrs 15 mins, I would make a dramatic and awesome citadel space fight, real gritty, proper awesome, like Serenity, but longer.....but not over exaggerated. I’m telling you I’m destined to make this movie, I have all the fans at heart, and what they would want to get out of the movie, not just raking in the money. This is a game that people love, it can’t be ruined by Hollywood.

happIz
happIz

if a movie did come out, i hope it is completely digital. and it should be a prequel because i want to reserve the sequel storyline for ME2. and keep uwe boll away

fitch129
fitch129

If they do make a movie of mass effect they should use digital animation for the whole movie and not use real life actors, that way the movie will look just like the game.

fitch129
fitch129

If they do make a movie of mass effect they should use digital animation for the whole movie and not use real life actors, that way the movie will look just like the game.

1Duy
1Duy

Why must it always be a movie? I want a TV series based on Mass Effect universe. It's been ages since I've seen a decent sci-fi series. If sci-fi isn't good enough, just make Desperate Spectres, Ugly Spectre, Are you smarter than a Spectre or anything. I'm really desperate to get back to the world of Mass Effect. =))

Zazalon
Zazalon

Any movie less than say, 4 hours, won't do justice to Mass Effect's huge universe. Unless they make a trilogy like the games.

rezpatriot
rezpatriot

i don't think it a good idea. If they do they should only show it at e3 in a special cinema you have to pay to get in to. Or pax. Because Super Mario sucked and Street Figher sucked and they were good games. So why not get a game that sucks and make a movie about it. Any suggestions for games that suck?

rezpatriot
rezpatriot

i don't think it a good idea. If they do they should only show it at e3 in a special cinema you have to pay to get in to. Or pax. Because Super Mario sucked and Street Figher sucked and they were good games. So why not get a game that sucks and make a movie about it. Any suggestions for games that suck?

Axe_336
Axe_336

I think it would be difficult for them to work in Faros AND Noveria. They'd probably do Noveria and just scrap the bit about the Cipher (Really, wasn't that just an excuse to throw in another mission?). I would have to hope for a female Commander Sheperd, because the default male model always looked really lame to me.

Flagman01
Flagman01

I for one would be impressed if they would undertake such an ambitious project, but it would probably have to be at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours long to contain enough of the story line and game play aspects. I look forward to seeing what comes of the making of the MASS EFFECT MOVIE.

HolteEnder4Life
HolteEnder4Life

i wanna see a movie of the First Contact War, or the Krogan Rebellion

KaH-LenS
KaH-LenS

Do a ''Halo'' movie, do a ''Gears of War'' movie, do a ''Beautiful Katamari'' movie, as long as Uwe Boll or Paul W.S. Anderson don't direct it EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE !!!! =D