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Mass Effect To Hit The Big Screen

This is Commander Shepard and this will be my favorite movie on the Citadel.


If you're into the idea of watching Commander Shepard get all renegade with a dude on the big screen, then Legendary Pictures is counting on your coin. Legendary Pictures--the studio that has co-produced all sorts of hip and edgy stuff like 300 and Watchmen--has acquired the film rights to Bioware's sci-fi RPG series Mass Effect. Warner Bros. will be doing the distribution and it seems as if I Am Legend's Mark Protosevich will be the man behind the screenplay. According to the press release, the producers are "in discussions" for a draft.
 
Just in case you're worried about this whole thing--and I can't blame you after the film adaptations of Silent Hill, Resident Evil, House of the Dead, etcetera--BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk and Mass Effect 2 lead dude Casey Hudson are in executive producer roles alongside, most famously, Avi and Ari Arad.
 
Hudson made a brief appearance in the press release this morning that announced the rights acquisition. His statement was one of faith. "...we believe that the Mass Effect movie will be an extraordinary entertainment event that realizes our vision for the franchise and thrills fans.” 
 
No mention of the mining minigame was made, but hey, a man can wish that such a thing will be translated to the film.
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Posted by BradNicholson

If you're into the idea of watching Commander Shepard get all renegade with a dude on the big screen, then Legendary Pictures is counting on your coin. Legendary Pictures--the studio that has co-produced all sorts of hip and edgy stuff like 300 and Watchmen--has acquired the film rights to Bioware's sci-fi RPG series Mass Effect. Warner Bros. will be doing the distribution and it seems as if I Am Legend's Mark Protosevich will be the man behind the screenplay. According to the press release, the producers are "in discussions" for a draft.
 
Just in case you're worried about this whole thing--and I can't blame you after the film adaptations of Silent Hill, Resident Evil, House of the Dead, etcetera--BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk and Mass Effect 2 lead dude Casey Hudson are in executive producer roles alongside, most famously, Avi and Ari Arad.
 
Hudson made a brief appearance in the press release this morning that announced the rights acquisition. His statement was one of faith. "...we believe that the Mass Effect movie will be an extraordinary entertainment event that realizes our vision for the franchise and thrills fans.” 
 
No mention of the mining minigame was made, but hey, a man can wish that such a thing will be translated to the film.
Edited by Stolm

Nice.  (Quest Complete. Nothing to do with the above article.)

Posted by Steve_C

Intresting.

Edited by JauntyHat

yeeeeesssss. This certainly has potential for being awesome :)

Posted by Gorehorn

Definitly interested in this, I like the Mass effect universe.

Posted by Southgrove

Shepard.

Posted by Alphazero

May the biotics be with you.

Posted by FixerofDeath

I will remain doubtful of this movie's success until proven otherwise.

Posted by ryanwho

Nothing about the pedigree involved sprouts up a red flag, I suppose people who would hate on it knowing as little as we do are just being over defensive and needlessly cynical. The main story could work in a 2 hour movie. Its not overly complex or contrived, as good stories rarely are.

Posted by rjayb89

If this movie is going to be cheesy they better mention something about the Mako and planet scanning.

Posted by ryanwho
@rjayb89 said:
" If this movie is going to be cheesy they better mention something about the Mako and planet scanning. "
And hacking. And color coded morality choices. Corny is the way to go.
Posted by ChickenPants

Nicholson's really hitting them out of the park today.
 
On point, it will probably be god awful :)

Posted by OllyOxenFree

Not sure if want...
 
...yeah I do want.

Posted by Meowayne

Why? Its movielike enough as it is. Strip away the interactivity and all you got is another sci fi universe to tell shallow stories in.
 

Posted by Catolf

Color me interested.

Posted by Delta_Ass

Avi and Ari? You just can't make this stuff up, folks.

Posted by CouncilSpectre

Star Trek for a new generation!
Posted by s10129107

I'm kinda sad they're going to sully another great game franchise with a movie that will no doubt poop on your soul.   On the bright side, however, this means more TANG!!!

Posted by DukeTogo

Ok I'm calling it, no more news stories today.  Especially ones from six hours ago on Kotaku.

Posted by Darkstar614

Looks like someone turned on the Firehose for news coverage. Lots of not-really-big news today on Giant Bomb...

Posted by OmegaChosen

This has potential. Of course, so many other video game movies do and that's even if this thing gets off the ground. We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by sixghost
@Darkstar614 said:
" Looks like someone turned on the Firehose for news coverage. Lots of not-really-big news today on Giant Bomb... "
Just what I was thinking... GB usually only covers the important bits of news.
Posted by Devileye

AWESOME Legendary Pictures are the best :) i cant wait
Posted by Milkman

With the BioWare doctors and Casey Hudson on board, you'd like to think that this can't fail...You'd like to think that, huh?

Posted by I_smell

Cool, I like this idea.
I'm not too bothered if the original guys are involved, cos they don't seem like much fun anyway. I loved I am Legend and 300.

Posted by Hyuzen

I bet it could be done right, its already pretty cinematic

Posted by OmegaPirate

wrex

Posted by ryanwho

Not to make quick judgement but if this Nicholson guy's sole function is to inundate GB with filler news maybe we're better off without.

Posted by Seppli

I hope they make it. I hope it lives up to its potential. 
 
Best Sci-Fi universe ever. Beats Star Trek and Star Wars hands-down.

Posted by Marz

Wonder if they will do CG krogans or man in awesome krogan suit..   

Posted by Nexas

This sounds like a horrible idea. Mass Effects greatest appeal is its sense of choice. Everyone has the their own view of Shepard and how he/she would act. A movie with its linear path, and predetermined actions goes against all of that. For example a lot people prefer FemShep to the male one. How are those people going feel watching some guy who is clearly not their Shepard on screen.

Posted by Jedted

This isn't really big news, we already knew that Avi Arad was optioned the rights to do the movie.  This just makes it official that a movie is in development. 
 
As long as it doesn't involve Shepard i'm onboard, there's plenty of other stories in the ME universe that can be made into a movie. 
Posted by akeripper

from destructoid to giant bomb our hero brad nicholson

Edited by crusnchill

If they pull it off I hope they do something in a similar mood to Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back.
 
Not the same story but the same level of risk taking in the story telling of the movie. And not something like the stupid over the top prequel Star Wars movies like episodes 1, 2 and 3.
 
EDIT: (This's a quick hits news article! I like it)

Posted by Vorbis

As a ME nerd, there is no one that could make a film in the ME universe that I could be 100% happy with, but I'd settle for something watchable. If it could be up to the standard of the Latest Star Trek i'd be happy.
 
Those whining about too much news need to realise this will be a common thing now there's 2 more writers. Means the usual GB crew have more time to work on other things and that we can stop looking through the idiotic comments on Kotaku and Joystiq.
 
Could really do with a previous button on the front page now though.

Posted by TheDuke

hope krogans and turians don't look like shit

Posted by MarkWahlberg

A game that draws its inspiration from movies is made into a movie. huh.

Posted by ryanwho
@Vorbis said:
" As a ME nerd, there is no one that could make a film in the ME universe that I could be 100% happy with, but I'd settle for something watchable. If it could be up to the standard of the Latest Star Trek i'd be happy.  Those whining about too much news need to realise this will be a common thing now there's 2 more writers. Means the usual GB crew have more time to work on other things and that we can stop looking through the idiotic comments on Kotaku and Joystiq.  Could really do with a previous button on the front page now though. "
Those kinds of comments are there because of the kind of quantity over quality articles they put there. If they're put here, you'll attract the same kind of people.
Posted by Finch

My guess: Commander Shepard will not be in this movie.

Posted by Solarus

I strangely enough think that this will be an awesome movie, despite being based on a game. The right people seem to be involved and the right intellectual property is being used.

Posted by FrostyHerpiez

Really? well lets watch hollywood find a way to fuck up such a story driven game

Posted by kyrieee

As long as Sheppard doesn't appear in the movie because if he does I'm certain they'll pick Male Sheppard which = fail

Make it about events before the game, like the first contact war or something

Posted by Jaytow

Matthew Fox (jack from lost) would be a great Shepard.

Posted by Gilsham

There is no way for this to be good tbh, the fact that it will nail down how Shepard acts means that everyone's individual play though will be different in tone to the movie, the only way this could have been ok is fine it was just the same universe with cameos from the shipmates who tell of Shepard's exploits

Posted by AURON570

I believe some studio is also working on the rights to bring Heavy Rain to the big screen.

Posted by ryanwho
@gilsham:
You don't really make that many choices. You ask 20 information gathering questions and maybe, maybe, at the end make a blue or red choice. Every version of Shepard was on the Normandy at the beginning of ME2, clearly there wasn't that much real choice if that happened.
Posted by JazzMaverick

I'm a big fan of Mass Effect and Sci Fi in general,so this is one game to movie i'd actually want to see.. i just hope they can do the characters and story justice.

Posted by Buccura

It's going to be the Wing Commander movie all over again. That too would have worked perfectly as a movie, just like you'd think Mass Effect would.
 
Just watch.

Posted by Inuzagi
Mass Effect on the big screen...I guess it's that time of year again for yet another bad movie based on a video game.
Posted by RVonE

Seeing the names and studio attached to this, I cannot help but think this has 'MEDIOCRE' written all over it. I think I'll stick with the games.
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