When hearing about game-to-movie adaptations, most gamers cringe, remembering such flops as Super Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat, and (god forbid!) Doom. But, Legendary Pictures is hoping to change all that with their latest announcement. Mass Effect is in the early planning stages of moving to the big screen.
While there isn’t much information available as of yet, I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich is in talks to script the movie. And, Avi and Ari Arad will produce along with Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.
Legendary Pictures has helped produce such awesomeness as The Dark Knight, 300, and Clash of the Titans. It’s also doing the new Warcraft movie. According to Tull, the Mass Effect game has “depth, compelling characters, and an engaging back story.”
Avi Arad (former chairman of Marvel Studios) describes the game as “a parable whose conflicts mirror the ones we currently face in our own world. The story emphasizes the need for all cultures to learn to work together.” All this sounds great to us gamers who are in need of good game movies.
To add to our hopes, Casey Hudson, who produced the game series, says that Bioware always “thought Mass Effect was perfectly suited to be a motion picture.” He, along with Bioware co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, will serve as executive producers for the new movie.
While not much else is yet known about the new Mass Effect movie, just knowing who will be helping with production is enough to lend hope to those gamers still waiting for a great movie adaptation.