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EA sells rights to Mass Effect film

EA sells rights to Mass Effect film

The Mass Effect film will be made by Legendary Pictures and produced by Bioware founders.

Legendary Pictures has bought the rights to a Mass Effect film from Electronic Arts in a deal which sees key staff from BioWare signing up as executive producers for the project.

According to The Hollywood Reports the film has already found a writer too - I Am Legend's scribe, Mark Protosevich.

BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will be involved in the project, along with Mass Effect game director Casey Hudson, all as Executive Producers. The film will be produced by Avi Arad, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.

Arad described the story behind the game and film as "a parable whose conflicts mirror the ones we currently face in our own world. This story emphasises the need for all cultures to learn to work together."

Legendary is currently involved in a seven year co-production deal with Warner Bros. and is working on a WarCraft film with Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi too.

The Mass Effect games are set far in the future and tell the story of a Human commander who leads a mixed race team in an effort to save the galaxy from a race of machines called Reapers. Check out our Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 reviews for more information.

Let us know your thoughts on how the film might turn out, in the forums.

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Leman 25th May 2010, 12:16 Quote
Even though nearly all the promotional work around Mass Effect features the bald Space Marine Male Shepard most of the people I know all choose to play as a Fem-Shepard. Jennifer Hale put in a far more believable performance. The Mass Effect main character will always be female in my head now for that very reason.

Now im guessing the film would follow the marketing campaign and get someone like Sam Worthington to play Shep.
javaman 25th May 2010, 12:19 Quote
I would definately go to see this. I just hope that writers do it justice and preferably look at some other characters within the universe.
LJF 25th May 2010, 12:26 Quote
The story of Mass Effect is good but it's the interactivity and the choices you can make that make it great. A film would remove that aspect entirely.
Assuming the plot of the film would follow the plot of the game, then the target audience would already know what's going to happen. Considering it from the perspective of someone who hadnt played the game, i think the story might struggle to hold its own.
bob 25th May 2010, 12:30 Quote
Well at least it isn't Uwe Boll.
rickysio 25th May 2010, 12:43 Quote
Riiight.

And what, Torchlight : The Movie?
Xir 25th May 2010, 12:56 Quote
Shame it isn't Uwe Boll :D

(he's got a rep to hold up)
Baz 25th May 2010, 13:09 Quote
No Fem-Shep :( Bald Space Marine douche bag Shep is just so cliche.
tad2008 25th May 2010, 13:24 Quote
+1 for Sam Worthington
Paddy 25th May 2010, 13:29 Quote
Am I the only one that feels that the main underlying story in Mass Effect (not played 2 much!) is very similar to the overriding story Arc of Babylon 5?

If they take the correct direction, then this could be an awesome film!
Phalanx 25th May 2010, 13:32 Quote
PLEASE don't screw this up, Legendary! I beg you!
kosch 25th May 2010, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paddy
Am I the only one that feels that the main underlying story in Mass Effect (not played 2 much!) is very similar to the overriding story Arc of Babylon 5?

If they take the correct direction, then this could be an awesome film!

Yes it was rather similar I think thats why I enjoyed it so much :)

I played a female Shep in ME1 and ME2 seemed to make more sense to me. I did try playing it with the male version but I felt it was rather Clichéd so I stuck with my fem shep.

Red hair ftw! http://www.kosch.co.uk/images/masseffect/shep5.jpg
Krikkit 25th May 2010, 14:16 Quote
Haha, snap to mine kosch. :p

After what this guy did to I Am Legend I'm not holding out much hope. :(
javaman 25th May 2010, 14:29 Quote
Hollywood writers are failures at writing decent plots /thread
BlackMage23 25th May 2010, 14:43 Quote
Next we will hear that a Half Life film is being made.
Unknownsock 25th May 2010, 16:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Haha, snap to mine kosch. :p

After what this guy did to I Am Legend I'm not holding out much hope. :(

I thought that was potentially one of the best movies ever, bar the last 30 minutes :p
And considering it was a remake, i think he did a very good job with what he had.

Although i guarantee this film will be a disspointment, as everyone has different characters, i personally dont like the look at the default shepard that much. And my own experience is with someone else.
zimbloggy 25th May 2010, 16:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by
and is working on a WarCraft film with Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi

Is that really the best qualification he has? I can think of a slightly bigger and better project he has worked on...
zimbloggy 25th May 2010, 16:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by BlackMage23
Next we will hear that a Half Life film is being made.

That would make me happy.
johnnyboy700 25th May 2010, 16:24 Quote
I suppose this will end up on the list of games that were optioned for the big screen but never made it. Two that spring to mind are HALO and Bioshock.

Still, at least we've got Tron Legacy to look forward to.
Bindibadgi 25th May 2010, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
No Fem-Shep :( Bald Space Marine douche bag Shep is just so cliche.

This.

Who the hell ever plays as male shep? Female Shep voice actor is positively sensuous to the ears.
Diosjenin 25th May 2010, 17:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by johnnyboy700
I suppose this will end up on the list of games that were optioned for the big screen but never made it.

Please, God, let it be so.
thehippoz 25th May 2010, 17:46 Quote
I bet they have a scene with tali's mask off

reminds me I really want to see prince of persia this weekend
Fizzban 25th May 2010, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
This.

Who the hell ever plays as male shep? Female Shep voice actor is positively sensuous to the ears.

This.

Jennifer Hale's voice acting is first class. Every game character she voices, she brings to life. And she has done about 90 or so games to date.

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I suppose this film might work with the Bioware peoples in the mix. Would probably work better if the film was done in full CG but with motion capture acting throughout, like Avatar.
UrbanMarine 25th May 2010, 18:28 Quote
Damn I was hoping Uwe Boll would do this one...
Krikkit 25th May 2010, 18:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
I thought that was potentially one of the best movies ever, bar the last 30 minutes :p
And considering it was a remake, i think he did a very good job with what he had.

I agree, but the last 30 minutes was so disappointing after the clever ending to the book that it spoilt the whole thing for me.
Bauul 25th May 2010, 20:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by
and is working on a WarCraft film with Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi

Is that really the best qualification he has? I can think of a slightly bigger and better project he has worked on...

Erm, I can't. Name one movie that surpasses Evil Dead or its sequal.
Chocobollz 25th May 2010, 21:16 Quote
+1 for Half-Life movie!

And as to whom will be the actor to play Shepard, if he has to be bald, then I'd say Vin Diesel would do it!
Sloth 25th May 2010, 22:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
This.

Who the hell ever plays as male shep? Female Shep voice actor is positively sensuous to the ears.
I do. Always play male in 3rd person games.

Playing female makes me feel like some lonely perv in his parent's basement who faps to softcore hentai of his favorite videogame characters.
general22 26th May 2010, 03:03 Quote
Awww man didn't know female Shep was voiced by her, I missed out.
omicron 26th May 2010, 03:06 Quote
Sam Worthington can't act, so no.
Male shep's voice is hilarious. He sounds like a Canadian simpsons character.
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Originally Posted by Chocobollz
+1 for Half-Life movie!

And as to whom will be the actor to play Shepard, if he has to be bald, then I'd say Vin Diesel would do it!

A half life movie would be SO. DULL. Can you imagine?
They'd have to exhume marcel marceau to give him the lead role.
alpaca 26th May 2010, 04:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Who the hell ever plays as male shep? Female Shep voice actor is positively sensuous to the ears.

I did, the first playtrough. I played as the 'good' guy. on my second playtrough i played with a female shepard and played the 'bad' euhm.. girl?
Bindibadgi 26th May 2010, 06:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
I do. Always play male in 3rd person games.

Playing female makes me feel like some lonely perv in his parent's basement who faps to softcore hentai of his favorite videogame characters.

Frankly I dont want to spend 30 hours looking at a mans arse though. Plus, powerful women ftw! Fem-Shep kicks arse, it's not hentai with helpless Japanese chicks, huge boobs and tentacles. (Actually that's "Mass Erect", the spin off series).
Xen0phobiak 26th May 2010, 10:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Haha, snap to mine kosch. :p

After what this guy did to I Am Legend I'm not holding out much hope. :(

I thought that was potentially one of the best movies ever, bar the last 30 minutes :p
And considering it was a remake, i think he did a very good job with what he had.

If you've read the I Am Legend book, the film was pants!
tad2008 26th May 2010, 11:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xen0phobiak
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Haha, snap to mine kosch. :p

After what this guy did to I Am Legend I'm not holding out much hope. :(

I thought that was potentially one of the best movies ever, bar the last 30 minutes :p
And considering it was a remake, i think he did a very good job with what he had.

If you've read the I Am Legend book, the film was pants!

Films will never live up to a good book, but it can bring a new sense of life and realism to a story even if it lacks the real depth that good books provide and perhaps even encourages some people to go out and get the book and subsequently get a more in-depth and compelling version of the story.

That said, I only ever managed to get through the first two books of the lord of the rings trilogy, the third one began as a huge mess as it tried to describe the huge battles that were taking place, something that was portrayed rather well on screen and in a simpler form more easily digested.
Mentai 26th May 2010, 12:21 Quote
I enjoyed my good run through with male shephard as well as bad with female. The female run was a bit jarring, as I had to break out of my personal character of white knight to be ruthless bitch. It didn't take too long to get used to though haha. I still think of my first generic shephard as being the "true" story though, which is what I'm guessing they'd go for with the movie (mostly paragon choices with some liara on the side) so that suits me but I can see why it wouldn't for a lot of people.

The thing that I don't like though is I can't imagine them getting across the depth of the world, the "science" behind every aspect of the game that you can read through in the codex really fascinated me the first run through, and absorbed me into the narrative more than the game would have otherwise.
Xir 26th May 2010, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Who the hell ever plays as male shep? .
I do, I don't want to romance the male other characters...

On the other hand, in KoToR I play a female, as it's completely 3rd person, and they've got great buts...
Darn...how old am I? *sigh*
kosch 26th May 2010, 14:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Who the hell ever plays as male shep? .
I do, I don't want to romance the male other characters...

You can romance Liara in ME1 but in ME2 you didnt really have any female romance options other than a cosy dinner date with your PA and her offering to feed your fish as your were out "bringing justic" to known space.
Apoptosis 26th May 2010, 17:14 Quote
I played both as male and female Shepard. Who wouldn't? ME isn't a game you only play through once.
Xir 26th May 2010, 19:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by kosch
You can romance Liara in ME1 but in ME2 you didnt really have any female romance options other than a cosy dinner date with your PA and her offering to feed your fish as your were out "bringing justic" to known space.

Then you seriously need to replay relationship guide
Xir 26th May 2010, 19:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Actually that's "Mass Erect", the spin off series.
Is that a joke or is it just well hidden?
scq 27th May 2010, 21:59 Quote
I like how it's assumed by a lot of people (including other forums/comments I've read) that a ME movie would be about Shepard. I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was about a story within the universe that had nothing to do with Shepard.

Though there is a 'cannon' Shepard — our bald headed douchebag renegade — Bioware had gone to lengths to make sure that Shepard is kept as vague as possible, probably so players can feel that their own created characters are the hero of the galaxy. If the Dr's wanted to preserve that, they would likely object to any characterization of Shepard on film.

There's plenty of subject material in the ME universe to cover. Why make a movie that covers the same story that the game trilogy will, while simultaneously discrediting the believability of each player's own Shepard?
scq 27th May 2010, 22:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by tad2008
Films will never live up to a good book, but it can bring a new sense of life and realism to a story even if it lacks the real depth that good books provide and perhaps even encourages some people to go out and get the book and subsequently get a more in-depth and compelling version of the story.

That said, I only ever managed to get through the first two books of the lord of the rings trilogy, the third one began as a huge mess as it tried to describe the huge battles that were taking place, something that was portrayed rather well on screen and in a simpler form more easily digested.

Not necessarily. I often see film adaptations as just that — one interpretation of a novel. When that interpretation does not match one's reading (as it so often never does precisely), people are quick to say that the book was way better. I personally liked Kubrick's movies. I thought LOTR was a great trilogy, and found the movies to be perfectly paced for such an expansive world. I mean, do you really want to sit there for 30 hours as a dwarf recites his lineage for the movie?

That said, I Am Legend was a terrible movie and I can't stand Will Smith. But in all seriousness, it wasn't that bad — for a popcorn action flick. I never read the original book, but from my understanding of it, it dealt with issues of perception — who is really the monster: the last man or the vampires? The movie lacked any of this depth, so as a commentary, the movie fails, but as something fun to look at — I say it was spectacular.

I'm glad the Dr's are producing. I hope at the very least, that means that they'll keep the movie to some standard and be able to stand up against the common Hollywood butchering of things.

I'm not sure how successful a ME movie can be though. The games themselves were noteworthy because the interactive nature of video games brought the player into the universe. A movie is much more passive, and requires a slightly different set of treatments to create the sort of emotional impact Muzyka's obsessed with. I just hope the film doesn't end up being cliche.
TFSakon 27th May 2010, 23:44 Quote
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On the other hand, in KoToR I play a female, as it's completely 3rd person, and they've got great buts...
Darn...how old am I? *sigh*

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And as to whom will be the actor to play Shepard, if he has to be bald, then I'd say Vin Diesel would do it!

I'm not sure how they think they'll do this but they'll have to do it well, there are massive pitfalls to going in one direction, but to have a passive character and still keep they story compelling would be impelling, and I take my hat off to anyone who could write a story like that, but while I would love Vin Diesel to do this just cos he's awesome, but it really does depend on exactly how he's written, if of course he's the main character.

also on female characters any ideas cos i can't think who might play it.
zimbloggy 28th May 2010, 15:11 Quote
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and is working on a WarCraft film with Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi

Is that really the best qualification he has? I can think of a slightly bigger and better project he has worked on...

Erm, I can't. Name one movie that surpasses Evil Dead or its sequal.

Um, maybe Spidermen 1 and 2?
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