Mass Effect Movie in the Works

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Mass Effect Movie in the Works

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Mass Effect, BioWare's epic sci-fi videogame that looks like a movie, is now on its way to actually becoming a movie.

Legendary Pictures, which has co-produced films like 300, The Dark Knight, Watchmen and Clash of the Titans, has signed the rights to a Mass Effect movie, according to the Heat Vision blog on The Hollywood Reporter. The project is still in the early stages of development so no director or cast members have been named, but I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich is reportedly in talks to write the film. BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, along with Mass Effect Project Director Casey Hudson, will serve as executive producers.

The report claims that while a big-screen translation of Mass Effect would require a "massive commitment," the success of Avatar has demonstrated that audiences will "follow and invest themselves in non-human characters if given a reason to, which opens the door" for more films in which alien species and settings play a major role. Mass Effect, of course, features numerous alien races interacting in a galactic partnership in which humanity is very much a junior member.

I don't disagree that Mass Effect could be made into a great movie, I'm just not convinced that it should. I've begun to think that the reason videogame movies fail is simply that for the so-called "built-in audience," which is to say gamers, the experience is inevitably diminished. Why would I want to watch Shepard when I've already been Shepard?

Still, the prospect of a Mass Effect movie does have one undeniable upside: We get to play a new round of Cast That Film! Which is a bit of a hairy prospect itself since, as pointed out to me by a Concerned Fan, a lot of Commander Shepards out there are of the female persuasion. So I'm nominating Mickey Rourke for Wrex but beyond that, I'm pretty much out of ideas. Who's it going to be?

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Jade Empire movie next, please!

Who would play Henpecked Hou? And Black Whirlwind?

I gotta say the big names that have already been attatched to this thing are pretty impressive. Would a movie be good? I doubt it, but if anyone can pull it off Legendary Pictures, Protosevich, and the Bioware workers can certainly do it.

I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

If they're smart, they won't try to adapt Shepard's story to the screen. Doing so would bug a lot of people, like those who played femSheps or anyone who made different choices than Movie!Shep. But the great thing about the ME 'verse is the depth to it. They could make a great film about first contact, for instance. And then it would be something of interest to both the gamers (who wouldn't have to see their personal canon defiled) and newcomers (who'd get a great intro to the franchise).

Then again, when's the last time you heard anyone in Hollywood do the smart thing>

I vote Daniel Craig as Shepard!

Mostly because my version of Shepard is inspired by him.

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

MY OPINION HAS CHANGED!

This is the best option.

Although I think they should completely disregard what the fans want with the film in terms of casting or Shepard. There is too much diversity. Let this be more than a fan-service film! Take the bull by the horns!

Or the nerds. If that analogy makes sense.

If they can make the film battles like that CGI trailer thing they did for ME2, I'm sold.

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

I was going to post that Shepard might not work as everyone has different ideas of what he/she might look like but you know what? Nathan Fillion FTW.

Andy Chalk:

I don't disagree that Mass Effect could be made into a great movie, I'm just not convinced that it should. I've begun to think that the reason videogame movies fail is simply that for the so-called "built-in audience," which is to say gamers, the experience is inevitably diminished. Why would I want to watch Shepard when I've already been Shepard?

Still, the prospect of a Mass Effect movie does have one undeniable upside: We get to play a new round of Cast That Film! Which is a bit of a hairy prospect itself since, as pointed out to me by a Concerned Fan, a lot of Commander Shepards out there are of the female persuasion. So I'm nominating Mickey Rourke for Wrex but beyond that, I'm pretty much out of ideas. Who's it going to be?

If I have a vague notion about the way BioWare operates (and I like to think that I do) then any potential Mass Effect movie will NOT be based directly on any Mass Effect game. The player's story, no matter what it is, will be consistent with the movie.

As a result, Commander Shepard will not make an appearance. Anyone who could potentially die in Shepard's story will not make an appearance if the movie is set after their death.

If this movie ever hits theaters and I'm wrong feel free to point and laugh, I'll be far too shocked to notice.

Just as I said in the user-created thread: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Here's some reasons:

1) I can't think of a videogame based movie that was good(correct me if I'm wrong).
2) Mass Effect is all about choices and creating your own adventure. With a movie, they'd suddenly make one version the canon.

Eldritch Warlord:

If I have a vague notion about the way BioWare operates (and I like to think that I do) then any potential Mass Effect movie will NOT be based directly on any Mass Effect game. The player's story, no matter what it is, will be consistent with the movie.

As a result, Commander Shepard will not make an appearance. Anyone who could potentially die in Shepard's story will not make an appearance if the movie is set after their death.

If this movie ever hits theaters and I'm wrong feel free to point and laugh, I'll be far too shocked to notice.

I certainly hope you're right with what you're saying.

The first thing that came to mind was "Of COURSE they're making a movie!"

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

Yes. YES.
Sounds like an interesting project, it's good to see video game adaptions becoming more ambitious at any rate.

This LOOKS like a good idea. Then again, so did all the other video game movies. When are we going to have a tetris movie?

Rainboq:
The first thing that came to mind was "Of COURSE they're making a movie!"

I quite agree, this was really quite destined to happen.

Perhapse it will be an interactive move with an inbuilt moral choice system...

Probably not...

Horrible idea.
What elevates Mass Effect beyond your average sci-fi fare is the ability to directly influence the proceedings. Take that away for the convenience of a linear narrative, and you're left with the wishwash storyline.
Let's face it; ME has a horrible story, and without the interactivity; without the incentive to play on and see what fate befalls the rest of the cast, I can't see myself even watching it as a TV-series.

What could work is to revamp the entire premise and let someone like Cronenberg have his way with it. Oh, or even better; David Lynch gets the job, casts Laura Dern in every part, and turns it into a three-hour long allegory for euthanasia.
At least it would be interesting.

Onyx Oblivion:
Jade Empire movie next, please!

Who would play Henpecked Hou? And Black Whirlwind?

JACKIE CHAN for Henpecked Hou.....he makes a kick ass drunk.

I vote this guy as commander shepard.
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high_castle:
If they're smart, they won't try to adapt Shepard's story to the screen. Doing so would bug a lot of people, like those who played femSheps or anyone who made different choices than Movie!Shep. But the great thing about the ME 'verse is the depth to it. They could make a great film about first contact, for instance. And then it would be something of interest to both the gamers (who wouldn't have to see their personal canon defiled) and newcomers (who'd get a great intro to the franchise).

This is exactly what I'm thinking.
The Mass Effect universe is so fleshed out, that they can do a huge, great story without even touching on Shepard, the Reapers, or any of that. Or, at least, leaving Shepard out of it. The story of Mass Effect in the game is one of those 'your story' stories, so they just can't do a movie on it (Well, can't do it well).

But, using existing lore and canon, they could totally make a new, fresh story. I love the 'first contact' story idea. Or the Skillian Blitz! Or something set in the two years between Mass Effect 1 and 2 (Then you could even have familiar characters)! The possibilities are great. I just hope they do it right.

Wow, first Legendary signed on to Warcraft and now to Mass Effect?

Ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy.

All I know is that I'll love to see a meticulously rendered turian with an Avatar level of attention to detail. As for Commander Shephard...

That's pretty tough actually. He's such an iconic character on places such as these, it'd be sacrilegious to cast the wrong guy/girl. They'd need somebody with a more rugged nature, at least that's for sure.

Though they'll probably just pitch for Sam Worthington and be done with it.

LiquidGrape:
Let's face it; ME has a horrible story, and without the interactivity; without the incentive to play on and see what fate befalls the rest of the cast, I can't see myself even watching it as a TV-series.

I'm going to have to disagree with you there. Both of the games had compelling enough storylines to keep me playing to find out what happened next, and they're both up there on my favourite videogame storylines.

socialmenace42:

Rainboq:
The first thing that came to mind was "Of COURSE they're making a movie!"

I quite agree, this was really quite destined to happen.

Perhapse it will be an interactive move with an inbuilt moral choice system...

Probably not...

Suddenly thoughts of Futurama enter my mind...

Movie: If you want him to finish filling his paper work, press one, if you want him to race off to the fight in a hover ferarri and get into a gun battle press two.

*presses two*

Movie: You pressed one

Ah, c'mon, we can pretty much rule out a female Shepard. A decent video game movie is a long enough shot, let's not lengthen the odds by daring to hope for a decent video game movie with a strong female lead.

why?!?! ....just no mass effect should not be a movie first conatact or the skillian blitz would be graet but i would bet my last cent that it will be based directly on the game
it wont be a bad film ....for those who have not played the game for those that have it will be terrible

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

Actually, in all seriousness that would be the best option. He's got experience playing similar roles before, and doing well with them, and he's a well-known enough name now thanks to his roles as Caleb in Buffy and Castle in Castle that he's much more of a household name now than he was back in his Firefly days, for which only geeks and nerds like all of us are likely to know him from. So yeah, household name means he's likely to attract more of an audience, and experience in similar roles means he's a safe bet to do well as Shephard. Anyhow, Nathan Fillion is cool enough to play any male character in the series, though I'd love to see Adam Baldwin as Garret too, perhaps :). Just stick Summer Glau and Jewel Staite in there somewhere, and have Joss Whedon direct, and I'll be straight to the cinema :D.

And yes, I am a diehard Browncoat, and proud of it! Though my previous comments were all actually quite serious, especially about Fillion's skills for the role :D.

I'm more concerned about the writing of the character of Shepherd. Frankly, his part will be so linear that it would probably ruin if not destroy the adventure aspect of what we recall of playing the game. It was more about choices, and what choices are they going to portray in the movie that would ring true with the game?
I imagine they would have to play him up as the big hero that never makes a mistake, or else he'll make enough small mistakes (or one really big one) in order to create suspense and depth to the character... but is it any mistake that we as gamers would have made? I doubt it... especially if they intend to do a trilogy of the games as movies. Shepherd will not die by mistake, only by design in terms of the story transition between ME1 and ME2 where it fit in.

That being said, I can still foresee that it would make a great movie series. The cinematic aspect of the games would easily translate (despite the dialog trees), and if they just play off the basics of that element, you've probably got enough to make a basic movie.

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

I vote for Nathan Fillion in every role.

Of every movie.

Ever.

Making a motion picture of Mass Effect feels, to me, like putting flames, a coffee-can exhaust and a two-foot spoiler on the back of a ten-year-old coupe.

Sure, it's a cool idea, but is it necessary?

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

Seconded!

UltimatheChosen:

theaceplaya:
I vote Nathan Fillion for Captain Shepard

I vote for Nathan Fillion in every role.

Of every movie.

Ever.

Oh nvm, THIRDED!!

I don't think this is a good idea. Mass Effect is a game with lots of choices, so different people had different games. It seems like it would be too much to try to fit into a two hour movie.

I just finished playing Mass Effect (again) and I am of the opinion that the only way this would work is if they did a storyline parallel to Shepard.

Although they already have a good concept built into Mass Effect 2...

"The Citadel Council thought the first Hanar spectre would play by the rules..."

I hope it isn't based on Shepard.

It would be better if it was simply based in the universe, rather than on the characters of the game.

I want to know more about the Rachni.

Bah! I hope it fails. Not out of any kind of mean spiritedness, but simply because gaming needs to be more than Hollywood's bitch. Seems like every new game of the last 3 years has got a film adaption in the works. Hell, publishers have been selling the film rights for many games before they've even been bloody released. It's as if all games are good for is providing the movie industry with ideas to rape adapt.

What really bothers me about this is Bioware's sycophantic attitude to all this. "Blah blah this movie adaption is the next logical step for the franchise, blah blah, we look forward to taking the series into new territory, blah blah". No Bioware, you simply got paid a shit-ton of money to allow Hollywood to take one of your games and bastardize it. The fact that Bioware are helping make the goddamned thing is even worse. Bioware, you are game developers, emphasis on the game part. Instead of getting involved in an industry none of you are trained for, how about you just stay focused on games. Like Valve. Good, sweet Valve...

I'm just looking forward to the inevitable franchise milking that's going to take place. "Yeah, I know we said we envisioned Mass Effect as a trilogy... but look at all this money!"

Baby Tea:

high_castle:
If they're smart, they won't try to adapt Shepard's story to the screen. Doing so would bug a lot of people, like those who played femSheps or anyone who made different choices than Movie!Shep. But the great thing about the ME 'verse is the depth to it. They could make a great film about first contact, for instance. And then it would be something of interest to both the gamers (who wouldn't have to see their personal canon defiled) and newcomers (who'd get a great intro to the franchise).

This is exactly what I'm thinking.
The Mass Effect universe is so fleshed out, that they can do a huge, great story without even touching on Shepard, the Reapers, or any of that. Or, at least, leaving Shepard out of it. The story of Mass Effect in the game is one of those 'your story' stories, so they just can't do a movie on it (Well, can't do it well).

But, using existing lore and canon, they could totally make a new, fresh story. I love the 'first contact' story idea. Or the Skillian Blitz! Or something set in the two years between Mass Effect 1 and 2 (Then you could even have familiar characters)! The possibilities are great. I just hope they do it right.

Couldn't we tell them that then? Won't do much if we just stand around telling each other...

(screams like the little fanboy he is) OMG OMG OMG I WILL WATCH IT, no really its a sign from the gods that theyr makeing a movie, they better not screw this film up....

Punisher A.J.:

Onyx Oblivion:
Jade Empire movie next, please!

Who would play Henpecked Hou? And Black Whirlwind?

JACKIE CHAN for Henpecked Hou.....he makes a kick ass drunk.

I vote this guy as commander shepard.
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You pulling my leg? Those pixels shooped? Never seen a man with a CG twin otherwise.

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