Legendary Pictures Secures the Rights for a Mass Effect Movie
Back in late 2008 we first reported that a feature adaptation of the very popular action sci-fi video game Mass Effect was in the works. At the time, it was being developed by former Marvel CEO Avi Arad, who had the options on the rights. However, Deadline is now reporting that Legendary Pictures (of The Dark Knight, Clash of the Titans, Watchmen, Jonah Hex) has announced a deal for the movie rights, meaning it'll be developed by them and distributed by Warner Bros (hell yes!). I Am Legend and Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich is currently in talks to write the Mass Effect screenplay for Legendary. Now this is great news!
Developed by BioWare and initially released in late 2007 for the Xbox 360, Mass Effect is a futuristic sci-fi game that takes place in 2183 and follows Commander Shepard, a veteran soldier and the commander of the spaceship Normandy, as he 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. I played the game and it's one of my all-time faves, not only because it's sci-fi, but because it has an expansive and beautiful universe with lots of characters and a great story. If you haven't played it, I suggest picking it up, as the sequel - Mass Effect 2 - is already out now, too.
Hearing that Legendary Pictures is adapting this is probably the best news I could ever hear. The production studio behind any/all of Christopher Nolan's movies is the one I want adapted an epic, space movie like this. Now they just need to find a director who can handle the scope and size of this project to go along with this great news (if only it were Christopher Nolan). This is one video game movie I can't wait to see! Thoughts?