Film Adaptation of Mass Effect

Film Adaptation of Mass Effect

Legendary Pictures announced this week that it intends to bring the video game franchise Mass Effect to the big screen with distribution by Warner Bros. Producers of the film are in discussions with Mark Protosevich about writing the script for the adaptation. Protosevich’s writing credits include ‘I Am Legend’ as well as the yet to be released ‘Thor’.

Mass Effect is an original property developed at Bioware, the first game was released prior to them being acquired by Electronic Arts in November 2007 and the second game was released in January 2010. The franchise takes place in an immersive science fiction setting with an emphasis on cinematic story telling and action sequences. Bioware has displayed an eye for detail in regards to the game play as well as delivering a rich underlying mythology which makes it perfectly suitable for a feature film adaptation.

The video games have been quite innovative in that Bioware developed a system where future instalments would utilise saved game data from previous games and take into account player made decisions which impact the story.

Things are still early in pre-production and there have been no announcements of casting however both video games have an impressive cast including Martin Sheen, Seth Green, Yvonne Strahovski, Tricia Helfer, Adam Baldwin, Keith David, Lance Henriksen, Seth Green, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

We’ll bring you more news on this as it develops, though being so early in pre-production don’t expect to see a theatrical release anytime soon.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.

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