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Old June 10 2010, 05:27 PM   #1
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Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

Sure video game movies have a bad track record, but I only recently heard about the popularity and critical acclaim of Mass Effect ( I don't play many video games) and it seems to have a fresh take on the space opera genre. Does anyone who has played it think it will make a good movie in the vein of Star Wars, with the rich adventure and world building that made SW popular to begin with? Would it beat Halo as the next big live action franchise?

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Old June 10 2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

I've played ME and ME2 pretty extensively, and as long as Michael Bay or someone of that ilk doesn't sink their talons in to it, I think it would translate incredibly well to the big screen. The story and writing are better than many big-budget flicks I've seen... it's essentially a really long interactive film.

I look forward to it, frankly!

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Old June 10 2010, 05:58 PM   #3
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

Mass Effect would make a GREAT film if done properly, but nothing will ever be the "next Star Wars", in my opinion.
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Old June 10 2010, 06:01 PM   #4
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

If done right, I like to think it'll essentially be the Babylon 5 movie we never got. Lots of similarities between the two universes (Babylon 5/The Citadel, Shadows/Reapers, jumpgates/mass relays, etc.)
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Old June 10 2010, 06:07 PM   #5
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

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movie in the vein of Star Wars, with the rich adventure and world building that made SW popular to begin with?
RAMA check out the thread started over 2 weeks ago about the feature film in development:

'Mass Effect' scifi videogame In Film development deal
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Old June 10 2010, 06:14 PM   #6
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

They're not going to introduce Mass Effect to it's new audience with a story that has any kind of previous continuity, so of course the movie, if it happens, is going to be an adaptation of the first game.

Problem is, Mass Effect is already basically a 20+ hour long interactive movie. Retelling the same story condensed into two hours can't be an improvement.

Plus most people ignore video game based movies just on principle anyway.

So no, the Mass Effect movie(s) will never surpass Star Wars. The video games already have.
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Old June 10 2010, 06:38 PM   #7
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movie in the vein of Star Wars, with the rich adventure and world building that made SW popular to begin with?
RAMA check out the thread started over 2 weeks ago about the feature film in development:

'Mass Effect' scifi videogame In Film development deal

Probably started the week I wasn't here...thanks I missed that.

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Old June 10 2010, 06:55 PM   #8
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Mass Effect would make a GREAT film if done properly, but nothing will ever be the "next Star Wars", in my opinion.
I think I am asking because if you really think about it, there have only been maybe less than 10 movie/series in all of history that are really big space operas..most "space" based movies tend to be intimate horror type movies, like Event Horizon, Supernova, Pandorum, or near future extrapolations like Solaris, Mission to Mars, Red Planet or 2010. Even Avatar is not a space movie as such though it involves another planet that's certainly exotic and one of the best examples of "world building" in visual fiction history. Star Trek has its own milieu and often seems to be its own animal..so what's left? Halo seemed to be the next candidate, but that seems to be languishing. Where are the Ringworlds..the Foundation trilogies? Mass Effect does not have to repeat the phenomenon of SW, but maybe I'd like it to extend the popularity of the soace opera. It almost seems Hollywood, and by the reaction of many SF fans including the ones HERE seem to think ok...SW and ST have the market cornered..why bother? But there are rich universes out there...Uplift, Galactic Center and so on, and maybe something like the adventure of Mass Effect is what we need to get back to that epic style of SF.

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Old June 10 2010, 07:12 PM   #9
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Old June 10 2010, 07:19 PM   #10
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

In terms of cultural impact, most certainly no. However, in terms of being the next great space opera, with a fully realized world, then yes. There is so much potential here for greatness. I think the real measure of the quality of the universe is whether or not you would read/watch stories set in this universe that did not relate at all to main characters. In Mass Effect's case I can say most certainly yes.
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Old June 10 2010, 07:26 PM   #11
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What exactly does the 'next Star Wars' mean? If you mean, genre popcorn phenomena that immersed audiences of all kinds into it's sci-fi/fantasy universe and made scads of money.... then the Lord of the Rings movies and Avatar have both been the "next Star Wars".
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Old June 10 2010, 07:32 PM   #12
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In terms of cultural impact, most certainly no. However, in terms of being the next great space opera, with a fully realized world, then yes. There is so much potential here for greatness. I think the real measure of the quality of the universe is whether or not you would read/watch stories set in this universe that did not relate at all to main characters. In Mass Effect's case I can say most certainly yes.
I agree...SW was unique to time and place, and nothing had been seen like it before...Mass Effect would only be similar in impact in that it would be a rare SF opera that might do well.

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Old June 10 2010, 07:33 PM   #13
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If you mean, genre popcorn phenomena that immersed audiences of all kinds into it's sci-fi/fantasy universe and made scads of money.... then the Lord of the Rings movies and Avatar have both been the "next Star Wars".
I must say I agree with Stone_Cold_Sisko.
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Old June 10 2010, 08:57 PM   #14
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Re: Is Mass Effect the next Star Wars?

So what are the big budget movie space operas out there..

1. Star Wars
2. Star Trek
3. Dune
4. Starship Troopers
5. Wing Commander (yuck)
6. Serenity
7. Lost in Space
8. The Last Starfighter
9. Enemy Mine
10. Black Hole?
11. Stargate?? ehhh kind of
12.??

A pitiful few really...

I'm not counting battle Beyond the Stars or B movies. There's plenty of room for more!
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Old June 10 2010, 09:47 PM   #15
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^You missed Independence Day off that list. It did make a few quid at the box office after all.
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