MOVIE NEWS – After the never-happened Mass Effect cinematic adaptation, BioWare thinks another direction should be investigated.
In 2010, Legendary Pictures (Batman: Begins, Warcraft, two Dead Rising films, Detective Pikachu…) picked up the rights to make a film adaptation of Mass Effect that would have been published by Warner. However, it didn’t come to fruition, but we learned that it would have featured a male Shepard and that the story would have been focusing on the first game’s plot. However, Legendary reorganized itself in 2011 to focus on TV, and the producers decided to start from scratch, but not much progress was done after.
„It felt like we were always fighting the IP. What story are we going to tell in 90 to 120 minutes? Are we going to do it justice?”, Mac Walters, who is pretty much helming Mass Effect nowadays, told Business Insider. He also explained how it should be brought to life.
„If you’re going to tell a story that’s as fleshed out as Mass Effect, TV is the way to do it. There’s a natural way it fits well with episodic content. When we build out a Mass Effect game, we have a backbone or an overall story that we want to tell, but each level or mission is like its own TV episode. It doesn’t get written ahead of time. It gets written at the time that we get to it. So it gets added to the main story and sometimes the main story gets adjusted because we did something cool in that ‘episode.’ So long-form storytelling is a great place for game franchises,” Walters added.
However, he did not want to confirm anything whether they will try again or not: „It’s such an expansive world, and so many people I know in the TV and film industry have reached out to ask me when we’re going to do it and saying we’ve got to do it.” At the end of the day, the decision would have to be made by Electronic Arts.
All we can do now is wait to see if anything happens.