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Old May 25 2010, 02:49 AM   #1
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'Mass Effect' scifi videogame In Film development deal

Yes another videogame to feature film adaptation...

the scifi series takes place in 2183 and follows Commander Shepard of the SS Normandy who leads a team on a mission to defeat an ancient alien race that invades the galaxy every 50,000 years, wiping out all organic life.
will be co-financed and distributed by Warner Bros.
'Mass Effect' In Film Deal to Legendary Pictures

Legendary Pictures has acquired feature rights to Electronic Arts' vidgame franchise
Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce the film with Avi and Ari Arad
Legendary turning 'Mass Effect' into film

for those who don't know the Mass Effect game:
since the game takes place in the Milky Way galaxy between planets
Travel through the Mass Effect universe is aided through the use of Mass Relays, which are technological artifacts that are capable of transporting vessels nearly instantaneously between star clusters and systems,
Inside the game universe, mass effect is a newly discovered (for humans anyway) physics phenomenon that has properties along the lines of other physics forces such as gravity and electromagnetism.
Within the game, humanity has formed the Human Systems Alliance, one of many independent bodies that make up the collective of "Citadel space".
Citadel space, as a whole, is ruled by a body of government known as the Council, which is made up of members of the three prominent alien races
The game takes place primarily in two locations: the prototype frigate SSV Normandy, and the Citadel, a gigantic, ancient space station purportedly built by the Protheans and which currently acts as the center of galactic civilization.
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The Mass Effect Council reminds me of the alliance of species Xindi in ENT.

Well we all know how the VG-to-movie conversion of Halo AKA "Halo: Fall of Reach" went...development hell and currently slated for 2012.

This movie screams of another scifi-action movie Starship Troopers (1997) to me though... as well as maybe Aliens (1986) with the Space Marines.

Hey Mass Effect has had 2 videogames with a 3rd game coming in Q4 of 2011. Some of the screenshots look great!
http://media.xbox360.gamespy.com/med...13/imgs_1.html

Some of the in-game shots come across that uncanney valley of looking like a real human:
http://xbox360.gamespy.com/dor/objec...010923267.html
http://xbox360.gamespy.com/dor/objec...040928655.html

Though the Citadel city looks amazing a futuristic Blade Runner/The Fifth Element look:
http://xbox360.gamespy.com/dor/objec...063518688.html

Oh well I'll take the scifi action movie if it means we get another scifi film at the cinema.

The imdb listing:
Mass Effect (2012)
no info. currently in development.


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Old May 25 2010, 03:29 AM   #2
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The biggest problem could be Avi Arad. Unfortunately, he also controls the Uncharted movie rights.
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Old May 25 2010, 03:57 AM   #3
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The Mass Effect series is so film-like as it is, an adaptation seems unnecessary.
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Old May 25 2010, 04:06 AM   #4
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The Mass Effect series is so film-like as it is, an adaptation seems unnecessary.

Yep same for Heavy Rain franchise whose rights have just been purchased for feature film development.
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Heavy Rain is as close to a movie as you can get without, you know, actually being a movie.
Why do we need a movie-movie version of this??
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because Hollywood can make a buck on these franchises jumping to the cinema and the eventual DVD/Blu-ray sales/V.O.D./cable-tv airings
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Old May 25 2010, 04:08 AM   #5
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If they do it, hopefully it does not suck. Wonder if its gonna be after or inbetween the games trilogy?
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Old May 25 2010, 04:14 AM   #6
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To reach an audience beyond the videogame crowd. I enjoy the world-building in Mass Effect's universe; I'd like to see it get wider recognition.

Plus, I'd love to see the end. (Damn game ultimately proved too demanding for my machine.)

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Old May 25 2010, 04:53 AM   #7
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This is going to need an absolutely huge budget to pull off successfully. Like Halo.

If this is some $50 million piece of shit with plastic sets and rubber masks count me out.
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Old May 25 2010, 05:30 AM   #8
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I wonder if the soccer moms will bitch if there is a sex scene in this movie like in the video game?
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Old May 25 2010, 06:20 AM   #9
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Movies based on videogames = suck

Videogames based on movies = suck

The only exceptions are when you take the universe and tell a different story.
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Old May 25 2010, 07:43 AM   #10
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To reach an audience beyond the videogame crowd. I enjoy the world-building in Mass Effect's universe; I'd like to see it get wider recognition.

Plus, I'd love to see the end. (Damn game ultimately proved too demanding for my machine.)

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I'm playing through the original at the moment, and you're right. It's a very demanding game. It's the first game in awhile that makes me feel like I need to upgrade. It's an old computer by a few years, but not that old. I had to disable any of the graphical effects and even had to tweak something in a file to remove post-processing effects like bloom. The framerate was pretty bad with them on.

Well, I hope the movie has more distinctive weapons. The weapons in the game were all very generic lol.

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The only exceptions are when you take the universe and tell a different story.
Well, this actually might work considering it's more of a story driven game with a good script in the first place. Movies based on videogames that have the most trouble are the ones that don't have much of a story to begin with, like Doom for instance. I suspect they'll have an easier time making a movie out of something that already has a well fleshed out universe.
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Old May 25 2010, 07:55 AM   #11
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While it could be awesome, I think they would have better luck doing a Halo: Fall of Reach movie
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Old May 25 2010, 07:56 AM   #12
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I'm not sure how a film could possibly do Mass Effect justice given that the first game alone put most TV shows (which have more time than films to develop an array of characters) to shame.
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I'm not sure the BioWare formula would work on screen (big thing happens, explore five planets, finale)... but if they remove all that, all they're left with is a rather pedestrian Star Trek knockoff.

I think the only thing that might make it interesting is if they went with a female Shepard with... well, real acting chops. Angelina Jolie would be the bland obvious choice but I could imagine someone older like Sigourney Weaver or someone like that doing the role.
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I'm not sure the BioWare formula would work on screen (big thing happens, explore five planets, finale)... but if they remove all that, all they're left with is a rather pedestrian Star Trek knockoff.
I'd take that considering Mass Effect does a better job being Star Trek than anything Star Trek has put on the screen in more than a decade.
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I'm not sure the BioWare formula would work on screen (big thing happens, explore five planets, finale)... but if they remove all that, all they're left with is a rather pedestrian Star Trek knockoff.
I'd take that considering Mass Effect does a better job being Star Trek than anything Star Trek has put on the screen in more than a decade.
Yeah, I guess so. The only really unique thing about ME was when they went retro with ME1 (something they abandoned in 2, curiously enough) and that's the one thing they probably can't translate to film without turning it into a big gag/parody (and we got that with Galaxy Quest, the best Trek movie ever).

I'm sure you can probably make a perfectly fine summer blockbuster out of the ME universe though. I'm just not sure it'd be recognizable as ME after the fact.

I'm sure Faunts won't play over the end of the credits, among other things.
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