Legendary Hires New Screenwriter for 'Mass Effect' Movie Adaptation
Over two years ago, Legendary Entertainment secured the rights to bring the popular Mass Effect video game franchise to the big screen. They had a small showing at Comic-Con once, but there weren't any major revelations. Initially, Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich was hired to write the first draft of the script, but now a new writer is being brought in to take a crack at it. Variety says Newcomer Morgan Davis Foehl will adapt the video game series, making this his most high profile project to date, despite being hired and acclaimed for writing several different scripts in the past, including one that made the Black List in 2009.
Whatever Gets You Through the Night was the first script that got Foehl noticed when it made the yearly list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, and then he also scripted an adaptation of the Top Cow comic Crosshair which is being developed by Mandeville for Summit Entertainment. In addition, his script Alien Sleeper Cell went into development in January of 2011. But Mass Effect will certainly boost his career if he turns in a good script.
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. It's blockbuster material for sure, but we all know how video game adaptation work on film. Hopefully some solid development comes after Foehl turns in his new script.