An exclusive over at The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Mass Effect is on its way to movie screens. Thomas Tull and Legendary Pictures picked up the rights to the videogame, and Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) will pen the screenplay.
Hopefully this project won’t go sideways like Halo, BioShock, American McGee’s Alice, and all those other videogame adaptations. It’s about time we got some epic, universe-spanning sci-fi in the vein of Star Wars, with intergalactic warfare, loads of planets, and different alien species (Avatar doesn’t fill this void for me). And Mass Effect has an absolutely amazing game world set up that could translate to the screen brilliantly. The story of the original was pretty great, and it’ll be interesting to see whether it’s decided to base the film on the game’s storyline, or whether they’ll give us a brand new plot, utilising the same characters and settings. I think I’d be excited about either, to be honest. I haven’t played the second game yet, but I’m sure it’s another dosage of awesome.
Mark Protosevich has a lofty task ahead of him; I Am Legend was quite good, but he may have to prove himself more fully with Thor next year, before I can put all my faith in him. We shall see. Here’s hoping that this doesn’t get stuck in development hell with its peers, and that it turns out wonderfully.