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Mass Effect headed to the big screen!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I just received a press release announcing that Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to bring the fantastic video game MASS EFFECT to the big screen. If you're not familiar with this great RPG, check out the trailer for the first game released in 2007:

With the giant success of the first game and even more massive success of the second I was wondering how long it was going to be before we saw this adapted. Looking back at the history of studio video game adaptations there's the possibility this big news will hit, some great directors will be attached and then it just won't happen. Halo (with Neill Blomkamp) and Bioshock (with Gore Verbinski) come to mind. There's a richness to the video game that will difficult to adapt... I mean, you get to know the characters over some 14-20 hours of play, but I think that can only be helpful if the producers take the project seriously. By hiring Mark Protosevich to write the script I think that's an indication that they're headed in the right direction. The wealth of character and fun plot are all there for the right person to mold into a screenplay. If you look at Protosevich's filmography you might think I'm crazy for thinking he's a good omen, but his unmade scripts for stuff like THOR and John Carter of Mars script are fantastic, even if sometimes the final products end up with too many cooks in the kitchen (look specifically at I AM LEGEND, which is half brilliant half-watered down crap). The original story is about a battle-worn soldier who ends up becoming the most important person in the war between a federation of organic beings and the mechanical Geth, an army of machines being controlled by massive, ship-sized God-like beings called Reapers. My favorite part of the video game was the interaction between Commander Shephard and his crew. Especially the Turian, Garrus, and the Krogan (think Klingon with a reptile face) Wrex. The whole group is diverse and everybody has a great dynamic. My two cents are to focus on those characters within the bigger story of this war threatening to wipe out all non-synthetic life. That's why epic movies like LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN work is that we have great, fleshed out friendships and rivalries all playing against the backdrop of these truly jaw-dropping epic scenarios. Who do you guys like for cast? I know the dude's name is Shephard, but I swear the main guy's default look was modeled after Matthew Fox. Who to direct? I was just chatting with Kraken and he said if Tron Legacy turns out well that he thinks Joseph Kosinski would be ideal and I have to agree. If he shows a talent with directing more than visuals, his eye is very close to the polished sci-fi world from the game. Thoughts? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • May 24, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by mojination


  • May 24, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Great game

    by watch_the_world_burn

    Not too sure about it as a movie though. It would make a great TV series, with the right budget.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    why not reunite Howard McCain and Caviezel?

    by mojination

    Give McCain a good script and some proper backing from level headed execs (paramount?) and see what happens.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I used a female Commander Shephard...

    by pollaxt

    ...and the game was better for it. As should the film. Blue. Alien. Lesbian. Sex.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Great game, great story

    by Jimbonx

    no Matthew Fox pls

  • May 24, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Ashley or Kaidan?

    by Anime_Nut

    I hope they don't try to adapt the first game's storyline too closely, or else they're gonna upset a bunch of people when it gets to the BIG CHOICE that Shepard has to make around the 3/4ths point.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Hell Yeah!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Again... Hell Yeah!

  • May 24, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I too played a female character

    by Wookie_Weed

    And had lesbian sex with an alien. Will they make that story?

  • May 24, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH!!!

    by grandmoffpenis

    Holy shit! If this is done right...Just thinking about it I came all over my keyboard. Mathew Fox would be great as the lead for this.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Better off as a mini-series, or even regular TV series

    by Aziraphale_11

    The scope and breadth of the games are simply too massive and daunting to condense into a movie, not unless they plan to do a multi-part movie arc a la Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. No, I think something like this is much better transferred to the small screen, and would likely find an audience there and risk far less capital than splooging north of $100 million on a potential train wreck. Besides, I wouldn't mind watching a space opera TV series, good ones don't come around too often.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by rutgerman

    The whole point of this game is to be an homage to 80's sci fi movies like the Wrath of Khan while creating its own mythology. By making this movie they will simply cheapen a universe that needs NO entry into the film world. But Hollywood has proven time and time again to be completely retarded, so WHY NOT?!

  • May 24, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Sure wish idiots stopped caring if they're "first"...

    by grandmoffpenis

    When will this pass? WHO THE FUCK CARES if you're first to post?!? How fucking juvenile is that? Please someone back me up here. This retarded ass tradition needs to stop.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST


    by grandmoffpenis

    I disagree. If it's done well, and I'll admit that it is an IF, then it will be fucking amazing. However, I think it's silly to say that it will "cheapen" the universe. Let the rest of us (hopefully) enjoy a movie, and you can just pretend it doesn't exist. Your video game experience with Mass Effect was real, so why would anything done after the fact have to cheapen it? Or have any effect on it at all?

  • May 24, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by Dharma4

    Ha. Troll'd yall negroes.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    That game trailer was sick.

    by Ganymede3001

    If they can make it look anything like that then I'm on board.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by Dharma4

  • May 24, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Great game but as a movie I'm not sure...

    by _Venkman

    Just come up with something original instead

  • May 24, 2010, 11:42 p.m. CST

    It Looks Stupid

    by Media Messiah

    Just blowing-up things, that is all.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    a little torn

    by funkylovemonkey

    since I've never really enjoyed a movie made from a video game. Not sure if that's because production companies throw them together with minimal effort, hack directors and terrible writers, or if it's something else. Mass Effect ranks up there though as one of my favorite games, great story, real sacrifice, choices that have consequences, an immersive universe... How will that transfer to the screen? If they don't half-ass it then we're looking at a science fiction blockbuster. Somehow though, I don't have any faith in that.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Not the best franchise to adapt.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Half the fun of Mass Effect is playing the game the way you want to play it and directing the story as you see fit. Without that element, it seems like it could become a generic space opera. I'm hoping for the best here, though.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Mass Effect is...

    by blackwood

    ...the only reason I wish I had a 360. It looks cool.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Fantastic game, better sequel, but movie....

    by Chris

    Would have to be taken seriously with a host of talent behind it. Why not give it to ole' Neil B, since he got screwed on Halo. It's a rich world, with amazing story and characters, and he's shown that even in sci-fi, that's what he holds most dear. And while he can do some dazzling special effects on a nothing budget, he keeps it in the backseat where it belongs (but just imagine the shit his team could do with a real summer movie budget!) Matthew Fox would be ok, but its too close to Jack on Lost character-wise, and I don't think he should/will do it. I would mind a no-name, or perhaps that kid that was in The Mist and was the Apprentice in Force Unleashed. He kinda looks it and i feel could be pretty decent with a solid director behind him. I say do Garrus and Wrex Davey Jones style with the CGI, with maybe a Keifer Sutherland or someone similar as Garrus, and a Josh Brolin-like person for Wrex. If done right it could be great, but that's me.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    Yeah, he's awesome.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    something people maybe aren't thinking about

    by SpikeBeoulve

    ... is the fact that the games developers (the co-founders of bioware) and it's head writer and producer are actually going to be executive producers on this film. According to IGN, that is what is happening. I highly doubt they're going to canonize the first videogame in film. That would alienate a good portion of its audience right away because it wouldn't exactly be the character that they played as. I think they're going to create a different story in the universe. I'm hoping for some SHANXI!!!!!! I was actually trying to come up with a script for it myself. If you don't know what shanxi is, read further into the lush history bioware created for the games.

  • May 24, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Mass Effect was immersive as hell and visually cool

    by DocCoddleThe3rd

    but let's be realistic, the story was unoriginal. It was derivative to the point of boredom. The story actually kind of sucked. I'm playing Red Dead Redemption right now, and the story in that blows Mass Effect right out of the water. However, I wouldn't even want to watch a Red Dead Redemption movie..... because it tells nothing new. It's just a composite of other westerns.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    is it going to have the lesbian sex scenes from the game?

    by ominus

    if yes,then i am sold.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    I'll belive this when I see it.

    by Raymar

    If Bioshock and Halo were both grounded this will be too. I guess Hollywood doesn't care about making money anymore...

  • May 25, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Leave the Firsting Tradtion ALONE!!

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    It's a long, proud tradition of juvenile attention whoring that shall stand by god and I declare anti-firsters to be OUTLAAAWWWWS! That said, Fox for Shepherd. But still have the lesbian sex pls

  • May 25, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    if Prince of Persia makes money then its almost certain

    by ominus

    that Bioshock,Halo,etc will be the next ones to be made.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Colin Farrell might work, even though he's a douche.

    by SoupBack

  • May 25, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    As cool as it sounds...


    the game itself is a movie, I don't really see a need to see it on the big screen, UNLESS, its going to be a separate tale set within the universe. I'm actually playing the games now. I like them mucho mucho much!!

  • May 25, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Matthew Fox FTW!!!

    by dark-knight02

    Dharma4 has it right.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I wasn't a big fan of the first game, but Mass Effect 2 is a bea

    by Orionsangels

    I appreciated the world in the first game, but I was bored. Mass Effect 2 is a complete 360 for me, no pun intended lol. The story, the characters. It all moves at a good pace and you're always engaged.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    We just need one of these movies to be good....

    by dark-knight02

    then maybe hollywood will give up some green to get the projects that are developmental hell right now off the ground. Bioshock, I'm looking at you. Hell, maybe Halo will get made.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Jamie Foxx as Commander Shepard!

    by Orionsangels

    They better not mess up the casting and be loyal to the source material.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Blackwood, play it on your PC.

    by Flip63Hole

    Steam often has it for cheap...

  • May 25, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Matthew Fox has to be the main guy

    by DioxholsterReturns

    it done, its him.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Andy Whitfield as Commander Sheppard

    by commandersheppard

    for those who havent seen it - check out the mass effect 2 trailer waaaaay more epic also any of the launch/promo cinematics too. Sheppard was modelled after fashion model mark vanderloo, please not matthew fox - hes as boring as watching paint dry

  • May 25, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Mass Effect is a cool game but a 3D movie?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    i dont know if its orginial enough to be a movie, theres nothing about it that will make audiences rush to the theaters, i just cant see it. theres a high chance it will fail unless of course they AVATARIZE it.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST

    havent played MS2 yet

    by DioxholsterReturns

    comments here indicate its better than the first one so im excited, i saved it for the summer since i normally have nothing to do then.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Could be great! Could be...

    by jedihillis

    One of the best RPG series to come out in the last decade. They'd BETTER not screw it up.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by commandersheppard

    yeh ME2 feels like a movie when your playing, alot more action packed and cinematic, with the stakes higher, emotions running high - you really get a sense of the situation around the characters.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    and yet......STILL no Metroid movie.......

    by GibsonUSA Returns

  • May 25, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    i wish i was first

    by DioxholsterReturns

    youre just jealous dude, being first is an honor, it means you waited for a long time for a new article to show up and for that you get the sweet reward of being the first to comment.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    this was the 'MOON' of the videogame world...


    This videogame was inspired by all the beautiful Sci-Fi films of the 70's and 80's like Silent Running to Blade Runner. Excellent soundtrack, characters and plot. I too vote for Neill Blomkamp, Joseph Kosinski or Duncan Jones to direct and without a doubt...Matthew Fox for another character with the last name of Shepherd.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Video game adaptation...

    by SunTzu77

    99% chance it's going to be a turd.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Great Games = Hopefully Great Movie

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    Jeremy Renner would be a badass Shepherd.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Lincoln Burrows from Prison Break.

    by Galactic

    Mass Effect 2's cover character looks almost exactly like him, just scar his face up.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Also, will it have all the Firefly references?

    by Galactic


  • May 25, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    There are two ways this can work.

    by Phategod2

    1. base the movie on everything before the 1st game, including Prothean ruins on mars, Mass Effect relay behind Pluto, the 1st contact wars, the Skylian Blitz, the Morning war, The Krogan Rebellion, the Rachni War. 2. while ME is a game of choice the end result is mostly the same. Regardless if they go with a movie based on the 1st game it would be hard to make without explanations of the science and the universe so I think it would have to start before the 1st game.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Its funny how everyone wants Matthew Fox

    by Phategod2

    because he looks like the default Sheppard, but I have two Sheppard's look like Brothers of Barrack Obama.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    I meant I have two Sheppard's

    by Phategod2

    who look like brothers of Barrack Obama. again people the box art and the commercials are the default Sheppard you create Sheppard My choice would be Jennifer Hale I think she deserves a shot a the big screen.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I also think a tv show would be best

    by Mono

    Tightly scripted 13 episode seasons on Sci-F--er, Syfy (blarg)... 3 seasons and done. That would be a beautiful way to do this. You could even get the chick from Chuck and a few of the voice actors to reprise their roles, Vader style. (For instance -- you never see Tali's face. Why not hire the same actress to voice her and hire a dancer to wear the suit?) This way you could explore Shepherd's crew of misfits and badasses in a way you could never do in the movie. God knows the supporting cast is the most interesting thing in the games. And with a decent writing team with a plan, a Mass Effect tv show would be a lot of fun to watch.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    how the fuck could it a TV show??? nearly all the cast are alien

    by DioxholsterReturns

    like CGI aliens, you cant have a dude with a costume pretend to be them without reaching bankruptcy.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    It would be funny

    by Kirbdaddy

    if they hired somebody besides Seth Green to play Joker.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    ever hear of Farscape, Star Trek, Star TrekTNG, Star Trek:DSN, S

    by Phategod2

    It can be done. Between ABC no longer bankrolling Lost, Microsoft and Electronic Arts, theres enough wallets to tell the story of Prothean Ruins on mars to How ever ME3 pans out.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    wow the 1st time Ive been cut off before.

    by Phategod2

  • May 25, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST

    nope, not the same kind of aliens

    by DioxholsterReturns

    if you played the game, youll know how hard it is to show them live action with actors displaying emotions and such.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Phategod2---- cut off from the will?

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • May 25, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by alex138

    Better that this is never made than effed up.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Ok now can we please have our MGS movie ffs?? heh Sony?

    by ominus

    i mean what the fuck are you waiting for Sony? you have a movie franchise goldmine in your possession and you have not yet started to dig it up? jesus

  • May 25, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    alex138 ----- too late, Michael Bay directing

    by DioxholsterReturns

  • May 25, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    at least its not Uwe Boll, right?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    Michael Bay > Uwe Boll

  • May 25, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    They could take the combat from the game


    and make some really nice action scenes. But they probably won't. They'll probably just steal some scenes from Matrix Reloaded and call it Mass Effect.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Karl Urban



  • May 25, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    this will enter development hell, sadly.

    by DioxholsterReturns

    it cant be made into a movie, the story is so unoriginal and not meant for a mainstream audience. why would a studio spend lots of money for a movie that will flop?

  • May 25, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST



    your face is unoriginal.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST


    by commandersheppard

    good shout dude!!

  • May 25, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Yeah I think most people have seen the Fox resemblance

    by PurityOfEssence

    It's kind of hard to miss. I would agree that he would be right for the role.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    HALF-LIFE 1 + 2

    by Ray Gamma

    Wake me up when somebody makes a film adaptation of THE GREATEST COMPUTER GAME EVER MADE.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Mass Effect is too good to be ruined by Hollywood

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Fantastic games, great characters and interactions, cracking storylines. <P> Although I found the ending of 2 was a bit of a letdown, overall ME are up there with the best acted, scripted games ever made. <P> Lets not let Hollywood destroy it.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST

    I agree, I'd rather they didn't film this

    by newc0253

    Mass Effects 1 & 2, taken together, are cinematic enough. I love the games too much to see them given the Doom treatment.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    "By hiring Mark Protosevich to write the script...

    by AsimovLives

    ... I think that's an indication that they're headed in the right direction."<br><br>AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!<br><br>That's hysterical!! Somebody in here didn't read the shitty script that Prosevitch clown wrote for I AM LEGEND. Need i remind you guys of "receading blood"? And least we forget, the dude wrote THE CELL, a movie with a script so fucking wrong that the resulting movie made us mistake it's failures on the director, instead of where it really was, the fucking script.<br><br>Really, what is the deal with AICN, anyway? There's no hack this guys don't champion!

  • May 25, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    Agree with you there, I dont understand why they pick these people! Prosevitch has done nothing of real value and AICN decide thats enough.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Love the games!

    by Zardoz

    I hope they can translate it to a movie. And we know there's going to be a trilogy...(now if only I can save my whole damn crew from ME2!)

  • May 25, 2010, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Ewww Big NO to Fox

    by Captain RawBeard

    Sorry but I don't see Matthew Fox, I used the default Shepard and not once when I thought about this being a film did I think Fox should play him.<br> <br> Who says he has to look like the default?? I reckon Chris "Captain America" Evans would be a better choice personally AND the whole thing would be better as show on HBO with the budget from Pacific.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    I'd watch an animated movie

    by skywise404

    From the games actual animators with battle scenes like this:

  • May 25, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Awesome Game!

    by onezeroone

    This, Splinter Cell Conviction and Alan Wake are only reason I borrowed my friend's X360.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    The budget would have to be huge

    by Drsambeckett1984

    think of everything in the first game, the huge attack on the citadel in the finale, it would be amazing to see on the big screen but it wouldnt work. Too complex a story and way too complex characters for Hollywood.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    If you have a good PC, you will have no problems playing MASS EFFECT. In truth, targeting by playing with a PC is far easier and better then with the 360 pad controlers.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    ....Dragon Age was better than both.

    by TheWaqman

  • May 25, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    The sets would be the Hard part

    by Phategod2

    I dont recreating the Krogan or Turian's would be that hard, The Quarian's wear masks everyone else save for maybe the Vorcha are easily doable with good make up effects, and a good budget. I'd even settle for ABC getting Matthew Fox to star to attract all the Losties.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Anybody who played the games...

    by AsimovLives

    ... specially the second, knows that the major happenings in the story are about people talking with each other, it's about characterization. The game, specialyl the second game, beats most movies in terms of characterization and characters complexity. It's one of the richest universe created for a game, not just on race design, but characters. I would even dare say it's too good for a movie, specially a blockbuster type. There's no way they will not fuck it up. It will be all about explosions and action bullshit, and show off of special effects in lieu of a real story. I hate to be a doomsday prophet, but ther eis no way, in this culture of blockbuster bullshit, they will ever do justice to the game. No way! The Christopher Nolans in Hollywood are the exception, not the rule. Can't wait to learn the news for the hack they will hire to direct this movie. Must be good for a laugh.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Phategod2, wrong

    by AsimovLives

    The characters would be the hard part to get right. On account of Holywood's notorious detesting of creating interesting characters for us to give a fuck about, in the blockbuster mentality that's so predominant. they prefer to create over-edited special effects sequences which we all so can't understand what the fuck is going on, while we are suposed to find that shit interesting and awe inspiring. And if you don't, then the geekry will accuse you of not being able to have "TEH FUN", or whatever bullshit they come up with to justify their laziness on their entertaiment choices.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    by AsimovLives

  • May 25, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Amazing game..

    by bobbyperusteeth

    ..but it's not a patch on DON'T SHIT YOUR PANTS

  • May 25, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Speaking of stupid atempts at making movies...

    by AsimovLives

    ... out of really good games, you guys remember when Michael Bay wanted to make a movie adaptation of GRAND THEFT AUTO? Rockstar told him to go fuck himself. This is one of the reasons why Rockstar kicks ungodly amounts of ass. Rockstar has so many very talented writers working for their games that Hollywood could only dream having such a pool of talent. I'm yet to find a Rockstar game whose games weren't very well writen, with stories which are both very damn funny and very damn good. I'm always at awe of the top quality form the Rockstar games, like all the Grand Theft Auto games. and i saw the early part of Red Hand Redemption, it also kicks an ungodly amount of ass as well. This Rockstar guys are yet to disapoint. And if Mickey Bay also wants to make a movie out of Red Hand Redemption, he can go fuck himself again.

  • May 25, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Guys, maybe we should help the studios

    by AsimovLives

    We should name directors that would be totally wrong for this movie. because that's the way they operate, they give this movies to be made by the most wrong hacks for the job, specially if the movie is turned into a blockbuster. It's always like this. So, how about we give this guys a hand? It's the least we can do. Not a list of the "right" guys, but of the wrong guys.<br><br>Allow me to start: Paul WS Anderson.

  • May 25, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    Rockstar, quality writing?

    by TheWaqman

    Calling them better than Hollywood is extremely far-fetched. Considering the fact that their games, great games by the way, borrow so heavily from many different...hollywood movies.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Elder Scrolls..

    by bobbyperusteeth

    ..would make a great movie. Still my favourite game on the 360. Its weird that the best games on a console are usually launch titles.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Yes, they borrow. And they borrow very well. And then they turned them into their own thing. That takes talent. And also, inc ase you never noticed, the Rockstar games always take the piss of the movies they hommage. they parody the tropes and cliches of the crime and action genres and turn them into comedy gold. Yes, EVERY GTA game and Rockstar games are VERY WELL WRITEN. How can you not understand that? One of the things tha tmakes GTA so great is how funny they mock the cliches of the typical Hollywood movies. "EXPLODER 2: THE EVACUATOR", anybody?<br><br>Of course, some people might take umbrage of Rockstar games because they mock the shit out of demented right winger neo-cons, and all of the stupid bullshit. Rockstar games mockery must hit too close to home for many.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:12 a.m. CST

    As much as i hate..

    by bobbyperusteeth

    ..Paul Anderson, Mortal Kombat is still probably the best movie to come from a videogame. Christopher Lamberts cackle in that movie is sublime.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I agree AsimovLives

    by Captain RawBeard

    Rockstar's writing hands down is a brilliant satire whilst telling a multi stranded story. <br> <br> Bioware are amazing at it too. But cant agree that Dragon Age is better than Mass Effect, DONT WORRY I AINT SLAGGING IT OFF its just my personally choice. Had a few problems with DA but am going to give it another try

  • May 25, 2010, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Mark Vanderloo

    by Dradis Contact

    The dutch model who gave manshep his look is named Mark Vanderloo. The big problem with playing a male shepard in the game is the voice actor's crap delivery. If they can get Jennifer Hale to play female shepard I'd watch that.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Captain RawBeard

    by AsimovLives

    Never heard of Dragon Age. My gaming choices are pretty limited, actually, in that most games don't attrack me much, with notable exceptions. Mostly, i go for games like EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR. Those are the games that mostly rock my boat. But Rockstar games are a notorious exception for me, as was MASS EFFECT 2. ME2 script is just sublime. And the voice acting is exceptional. with the exception of the voice of the lead character, the male Shepperd. He's anoying. But the rest is spot on. My two favorite voice actors are Lance Herikssen and Yvvone Strahovsky. Yvvone is so praised for he rlooks that most people forget she has a great voice and an impecable precise delivery. Gorgeaus with a great voice, what's not to love her? But really,the general voice actor quality in the game is phenomenal. Except for male sheppard.<br><br>In fac,t ther'es nothing in the male Sheppard that i like. I hate his emo metrosexual looks, and i have his voice. I changed the guys looks, first thing i did. Too bad i can't for the voice. Next time i play the female Sheppard. Too bad it's not possible to get lesbian sex with female Sheppard with Yvvone's look-alike character Miranda, she's my fave female character and the romantic interest i'm persuing.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Hale

    by commandersheppard

    bit old? 38 and doesn't have any real acting experience only voice. Sheppard is mid twenties to early 30s. why don't they just make animated movies like final fantasy: advent children? that way we can have the original sheppard and co, voices and likenesses. ME2 would be better episodic, with the normandy SR2 crew recruiting the team and then expand their backstories, if it was one movie it would just skip over some of the more interesting ones like Jacks return to the lab, legions mission and Tali's return to the flotilla

  • May 25, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Hopefully it gets a hefty budget to do it justice...

    by CCon99

    If not it could end up as Wing Commander.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Fuck this, I'm just going to go have lesbian sex

    by DOGSOUP

  • May 25, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    The Mass Effect Normandy ship...

    by AsimovLives

    ... is one of the most charismatic spaceship i ever seen. In my mind, it's a real rival to the REAL Star Trek's true Enterprise, 2001's Discovery and the Millenium Falcon.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    No love for Red Dead Redemption?

    by onezeroone

    I thought AICN Games would come out of hiding for a game that is steeped on one of the classic movie genres that has become quite a rarity.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    The Normandy is an amazing design, it is one of the most attractive ships in science fiction. <P> It looks like it could really fly through space. Its not too far off some nasa designs I remember seeing a few years back. <P> The interior is also excellent. great piece of design.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    They Already Talked to Matt Fox About It

    by Crow3711

    He liked it. Bioware said they ant imagine anyone else doing it. I'm so pumped. I honestly think ME2 was the best video game vie ever played. The story is....just amazing.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Tried as i might, i just couldnt get into mass effect

    by Father

    Visually it was amazing, the voice acting was great and a lot of time and effort clearly went into putting it together but the gameplay it self was just really dull- the whole thing felt more like filling a tax return form then playing a game. Still, i think its characters and complex plot could work a live action movie.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Indeed. If i could have a real spaceship, i would want one like Normandy.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Father, the problems you had with MASS EFECT

    by AsimovLives

    were resolved and corrected for MASS EFFECT 2. And what a jump qualitywise. The first game was already pretty good, the second is just amazing. One of those cases where the sequel is a real improvement and they learned from the mistakes of the first. Great job.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I saw the earlier stuff in RED DEAD REDEMPTION, and count me a fan already. Can't wait for the game to be released in PC. And next for me is LA NOIRE. It looks like a playable LA CONFIDENTIAL, which for me is pure awesomeness.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    I agree much of the actual gameplay in ME1 was pedestrian and dull, it felt a bit lame in places. But by god have they fixed that. <P> ME2, the action is amazing, it rivals that of Gears Of War, the combat is fast, furious and fluid. <P> If you liked the story aspects of the first game, they remain in ME2 but they are in adition to an absolutely epic action game. ME2 is near perfect, and the entire point of a sequel, take the best parts from the first game and improve all the weaknesses.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Best. Videogame. Evar.

    by dr sauch

    I nailed Liara in the first one, saved Wrex, and nailed Jack in the second.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    I actually liked the first one a little more, better story.

    by dr sauch

    The story in the second was kiiiind of weak. Although I admit, the combat was more "shootery."

  • May 25, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    two possibilities

    by Bouncy X

    it'll either be THE video game movie to show they can be turned into great or least good movies......OR, it'll be on the same level or worse as that one with freddie prinze jr., forget the name right now.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST


    by Phategod2

    I was speaking more about budget constraints if they were to make it a network show. And I stand by Jenifer Hale commander Sheppard is 31 (yeah I know) I think she can pull it off.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    ME2 is all kinds of win

    by David Cloverfield

    Except the final boss is ass. It's like something out of Contra. Feels so out of place.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Yvonne Strahovski.

    by Uga


  • May 25, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Lame Gameplay in ME?

    by Autodidact

    I found ME completely engrossing in all aspects. I have a major penchant for hard sci-fi, so it grabbed me from the get-go. <p>How about they just make an original sci-fi movie and leave this game as a game? Why does everything have to be an adaptation? That's a rhetorical question... I know exactly why.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Mass Effect

    by Captain RawBeard

    I loved Mass Effect 1 and thought Mass Effect 2 was AMAZING, it did miss having a decent antagonist in the form of Saren and I did miss finding Weapons/Armour in Crates and Lockers. I was fed up with getting credits all the time. Agree the final boss on ME2 was out of place (plus it didn't make sense to me why they would build that...)<br> <br> the wait for Mass Effect 3 is going to take forever

  • May 25, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Forget the movie, make it a series

    by pilgrim64

    We all saw the character development on Battlestar Galactica as well as the battles. And look at Doctor Who, for example. It has a reasonable special effects budget (compared to the $ 400 for a season of my youth) you can see how the CGI would work.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Agreed Pilgram64, SERIES SERIES

    by DigitalDong

    It'd probably get shitty ratings, but to tune in each week and watch Shepard be the biggest bad ass in the galaxy would be worth it.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    CAST for Sheppard...

    by schizonerd

    did anybody ever see the resmblance? Its dutch model mark van der loo...

  • May 25, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I agree a TV Series would be better

    by Captain RawBeard

    and the Aliens apart from one or two DO NOT need to be CGI, Garrus could be done in the same way as the bad guy from Galaxy Quest. Speaking of Garrus a TV Show just about C-SEC would be bad ass and could have the Reaper attack on the Citadel as a 2nd or 3rd season finale.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    If your Shepard was black, Foxx actually could play him

    by terry1978

    Unless you're all insinuating that default automatically means white. And I KNOW youse ain't doing that, am I rite?

  • May 25, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Glad to see that some people here

    by CartoonFanboy

    understand why this game, and most other video games, won't make good movies. As much as I loved the Mass Effect games they are just composite sci-fi, derivative stories that will play out very generic on screen. I'm not trying to undermine Mass Effect itself, the plot is perfect for an RPG style game, but lets not try and fool ourselves into thinking it's going to be as much fun to watch as it was to play. Same goes for Halo, World of Warcraft etc.

  • May 25, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    I'm in the "Make it a series" camp

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Although ME is a game with instant cinematic potential, I'd still rather see a film never get made than to see it suffer the fate of Wing Commander (another game with a deep universe and engrossing storyline). I've personally taken a shot at adapting two of my favorite games to screenplay (Deus Ex and Mechwarrior), but it's all but IMPOSSIBLE to cram that much detail, characterization, and storyline into a 1.5/2 hr script. Not without butchering the story or watering down the product.

  • May 25, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Why ruin an already stellar product?

    by benson111

    The game itself already plays out like a movie, that you control the outcome to. Dont get me wrong I'm all for these kinds of stories making it to the big screen. But there is no need to adapt this into a movie just for the sake of doing so. Like some have said, there is no way they will be able to live up to the scope of the story in just 2 hours. It would take a trilogy of movies just to come close to the story of the first game. Sure you could water it down, and focus on Shepard's story alone and make a movie that will not live up to the game. There is no Imagination left in Hollywood. So I have no hope in me for this to be great. Sure it will be good, no doubts there. I'm sure the visuals will be fantastic. ( Looking at you Transformers ) But the story will get butchered. ( Looking at you transformers ) I wrote a great script for a Sci Fi Movie, that I will in no way submit to Hollywood for review. For one, It would get chopped up and changed into something that does not resemble what I wrote, and for two, I'm sure that It would just be another project that gets left on the back burner. Any way. Leave the games alone, and focus on stories that have not yet be told.

  • May 25, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    What good news!

    by Reelheed

    The games have excellent stories and atmosphere. Can't wait to hear more about this!

  • May 25, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives & Drsambeckett1984

    by Father

    Based on what you've said about ME2 i might have to check it out-I really liked the story and the sense of scope in ME1 so if the sequel retains these aspects as well improving the action and RPG aspects, then I'll give it a go. As for a Mass effect movie adaptation, it excites more than the often rumored pacman movie. I mean come on really, pacman?

  • May 25, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Just make ROBOTECH instead...

    by MCVamp

    If you're going to make a movie about a ragtag band of fighters taking on gigantic aliens over a mysterious super-powerful technology, then goddammit I'd rather see awesome iconic Veritechs and the SDF-1 than the Sovereign and the Normandy. 'TECH beats 'FECT.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    No Red Dead Redemption love? I'm out

    by I_shot_Cyrus

  • May 25, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I'm ok with it

    by shutupfanboy

    I don't know how its going to be two hours long though. I am thinking it will be cut into a two parter.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    A few people mention Halo being dropped...

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...if anyone thinks that's a permanent decision, they're kidding themselves. After seeing Blomkamp's showreel for it, I'm mightily pissed that he was dropped from the project - it looked incredible, what he did. He was absolutely the PERFECT director to bring it to screen. But even though it's off the imminent production schedule, anyone thinking Halo won't get made eventually is kidding themselves, it's too big a property to be left alone.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Not buying it.

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Games, in general, do not have excellent stories. Maybe compared to themselves, but VGs have a very, very long way to go to make the impression that even some of the more middling films in the canon have. For the most part, game plots exist to give your avatar some marginal raison d'etre, and any old trope will do. Typically, this is some stock tragic figure forced to... kill thousands of something. Until a fundamental shift in storytelling occurs, video games will simply not be able to compel in the same manner more linear narrative forms can. I've seen some pretty poorly made movies and wished them to be better, but have seen the same plots in video games and they were hailed as the most amazing things ever witnessed by man. I'm guessing culture will devolve to accept games as excellent storytelling before video games reach a higher plane of plot existence.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    i think the choice for Joker is pretty obvious

    by Out of your element

    Get Seth Green on board. Now!

  • May 25, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Shepard is a chick.

    by eggbeater

    at least in my playthrough she is. and she kicks ass. But mass effect is already a movie experience to me. Why does hollywood keep trying this with games? Same with bioshock and halo. I don't need a movie adaptation of these games. They are great as is. And for the record Mass Effect 2 is game of the year so far right above red dead redemption.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    How can anyone even get excited for this?

    by GimpInMyPants

    The more comic and video game adaptations that are made the more cynical I get with the movie business. Movies can't capture the nuance and pacing of comics or the emersive aspect of complex video games like Mass Effect. Just leave them the fuck alone.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by Drsambeckett1984

    I found the combat aspects of ME sadly lacking compared to the sequel, granted I love the first game, its not for the shooting

  • May 25, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    A pacman movie? What the frak??

    by AsimovLives

    Certainly that's some joke! It has to be!

  • May 25, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    One reason alone makes ME2 better then the first:

    by AsimovLives

    Yvvone Strahovsky. Not only she does the voice of the character Miranda, but also the character has her face. That alone if full of win.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    You can make a game look cinematic

    by AsimovLives

    But you can't make a movie out of a game and remain faithful. Games do not translate well to movies. specially if what the movies do is just retain the action stuff instead of the mood and spirit. This is why when i heard the claim that PWSA's Mortal Kombat movie is the ebst game adaptation, i fall to the floor laughing. The power of nostalgia! Unbeleivable! You guys know what is the best movie adapted froma game so far? It's SILENT HILL. Yeah, it must hurt that it was a frenchmen who pulled it off. Deal with it. and this AICN dogma nonsense that's a bad movie, i shit on it, like i shit on all dumb dogmas based on bullshit.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    the ME games

    by JAMF

    are ones i can play through all the way to the end. i still havent finished system shock 2, bioshock, fallout 3, dead space, the list goes on... the fightings a bit repetitive though and maybe too easy with all the biotic powers you can use (and control your squadmates too) but they're really good games.<p>matthew fox is a no-brainer.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    The real big problem of ME1 was...

    by AsimovLives

    ... the exploratory aspect of whenever one landed on a planet. One could waste 15 minutes of one's time just to reach the proper place. Adn then you would get ambushed and had to restart all that shit again. It was a huge pacience blaster. I'm not suprised many people gave up on the game just because of that. Thankfully, they corrected that aspect in ME2.<br><br>The other great thing about ME2 is the voice talent they got for the game. It really does make a difference. It's also loads of fun trying to figure out who does the voice of who. I didn't realised until later that Carrie Anne Moss did the voice of the kingpin crime lord of the inicial space station. She was great. And of course, the pure geekasm that is listening to Lance Herikssen's voice coming from one of the coolest characters in the game.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Who is mathew fox? not one of the guys from Lost, is he?

    by AsimovLives

  • May 25, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Mathew Fox

    by Mr_Plainview

    I seriously thought that too. He'd be pretty awesome for the part.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    ME2 didn't have much of a plot.

    by JamieCOTC95

    Guess that means Micheal Bay will direct the sequel. ;) Anyway, psyched for a ME1 movie, just so long as they get the right people involved.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    How ironic!

  • May 25, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Shepards appearance and Movie portrayal

    by Silvermoon

    shepherds default canonical appearance is actually based on a European Model named Mark Vanderloo.Personally i think the best for the role would be Karl Urban who has the proper appearance in his role in The Bourne Supremacy and had a great role in Star trek as Bones. I feel he would bring the proper tone to the Role of Shepherd

  • May 25, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Joe Flanigan

    by TheShrike

    was made for this role. ;)

  • May 25, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Cool news, indeed.

    by JDanielP

    Let's see how the new TRON flick turns out.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by uhitmeintheear

    If they can capture the awe of the first game combined with great character interaction and wrap that all up with some huge effects that yes I think this will be awesome.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Dominic Purcell should play Shepherd...

    by M Bison

    that is all.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Shepard should be a woman

    by Turtle_Z

    The dialogue and voice acting of the game was delivered much better by the female actor. Maybe we could see a similar idea translated to screen?

  • May 25, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Lets hope they make it good...

    by BlackBriar

    Just get Garrus right, He is my favorite other then my Sheppard

  • May 25, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Sorry Fan Boys, it'll end up being PG-13

    by impossibledreamers

    So all the female-Shepard-bangs-a-female-alien fantasies will NOT be happening.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Benson, why write a script if you don't want them to make it?

    by impossibledreamers

  • May 25, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I know he's a cliche, but who would be able to

    by skimn

    identify with all the alien individuals and cultures that Shepherd comes in contact with, and portray them realistically...Guillermo del Toro. Look at the character work in the Hellboy films AND Pan's. At least the look would be spot on.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I was obsessed with these games

    by Kammich

    I'm not much of an RPG'er, and the only games I really lose myself in are sports games. But I invested 35+ hours in each of the first two Mass Effects, including 2 play-throughs of the second game. Just an amazing presentation, great design and voice work, engrossing story, and a perfect blend of 3rd person shooting and RPG elements. Can't wait for the 3rd game. But as far as a movie is concerned, "meh." The allure of the game is in the customization of your Shepard and taking your time to craft your own relationships. The story is only good if you spend 25 hours exploring it... the actual surface plot points are pretty lame, actually. I can't see for it making a great sci-fi epic.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST


    by DougMcKenzie

  • May 25, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Err... I second Karl Urban for Sheppard

    by DougMcKenzie

    I think it's right up his alley. I love both games. They created an engrossing story with a rich universe and multi-faceted characters. Doug Jones would be perfect for mo-capping and voicing Garrus as well. Hard to see how they can boil it down to 2 hours. That's going to be tough to do.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Balls to Mass Effect - we want Bioshock!

    by BiggusDickus

    We want it here and we want it now.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Now that's "Cool News"!

    by Stalkeye

    Loved Mass Effect especially the second one. Unfortunately, as great as the game is, I cant see myself going through another 22 hour playthrough. hopefully the movie will do the games justice as i am skepitcal of these movie "adaptations'.i second a Bioshock movie, however plans were scraped or the PC term would be development hell.Well, there's always gears of war and maybe just maybe dead space.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    LMMFAO @ my decisions within the game

    by Stalkeye

    which had more than half of my squad getting offed in the end.(However, I never got a chance to "sleep" with Miranda. dammit!)i don't know if playing the new downloadable content would hamper upon my game's finished storyline but if i'm that bored,(which i cant imagine since i own a huge library o fXB games.) i just might give the DLC based episode a go.OT, I'm sorry to see the HALO reach BETA go especially since I was upping my status to warrant officer. It was fun while it lasted.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    There's only one way to do this well:...

    by Marksman91

    If the story revolves around different characters and (maybe) a different time period from the games. Don't get me wrong, I'm a BIG fan of the Mass Effect franchise, but part of the magic that makes it such a fantastic series is that the player is the one who chooses Shepard's gender, looks and choices. A movie just doesn't have that level of immersion. So I think the best thing they could do to appeal to both fans and non-fans of the games is if they make the story revolve around a new set of characters. Hell, some could even be minor supporting characters from the game, and some of the major characters could even have cameos. Like I said, as long as they don't base the movie on the game, then it should be great, at least for the big fans.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    What makes Mass Effect great game

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Is it blatantly copies all the space opera tv and movies of the last 30 years but makes it awesomer. Star Trek without the nauseating political correctness and lame vagina heads, Babylon 5 with cooler aliens and more epic action, Star Wars without Prequels. I'm worried in a movie though it might come across as tired and cliche.

  • May 25, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    This should have happened ages ago.

    by Knuckleduster

  • May 25, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    After the success of Star Trek...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... I'm surprised they didn't greenlight this sooner. Could be a great new film franchise. Don't fuck this up, guys.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by benson111

    I have no faith in Hollywood to do it justice. There are a few people in Hollywood that I think could visualize it correctly, but they are just out of my reach. I.E. Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp, Peter Jackson. And to just sign it over to a studio seems like giving them free reign to go at it with a pocket knife, if you know what I mean.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    ME2 is only better in gameplay

    by TheWaqman

    the story is almost non-existant. Barely any character development either since they spread it over so many people. I think only Miiranda had a small inkling of progression. <p> Oh and it became even less of an RPG. Dragon Age was waaaaaaaaaaay better in terms of script and dialogue choices. Oh and Morrigan was more interesting than the lot of the ME characters.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    ME1 had a better story too

    by TheWaqman

    there was some stuff going on in the first, it may have been extremely cliched but at least something happened. The second game was just a re-tread. We also barely learn anything about the new threat.

  • May 25, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    love the idea

    by ziah_vaempiir

    Will probably hate the execution. The game played like a movie. It might have been a run of the mill bioware rpg but it is actually a fresh concept for a movie. Would really enjoy a female sheppard. Milla Jovinich perhaps?

  • May 25, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    This is where Jack Shephard went after he died on the island!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • May 25, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    The Waqman: you should have spent more time with Morlin

    by Phategod2

    Morlin His character Progressed the most he went from Thinking the Genophage was a good Idea to realizing the rammifications of what he did to a entire race. His character changed the most then jack depending on how you interacted with her. Story wise ME2 was more a character study, if you interacted with them enough you got into each one of there minds, and motivations and was a lot less campy then DA:O to me.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    agreed Silent Hill was the best Game to movie adaptation

    by Phategod2

    Its probably the only movie to properly capture the mood of the games other then the 1st 15-20 minutes or the 1st RE movie.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    As other people have said above...

    by Sodapopguy

    Go with the First Contact War, the events of Revelation or with the Skyllian Blitz. Doing the events of the first or second game would be a disaster. Also, Neill Blomkamp for director.

  • May 25, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    First contact war is a great idea it has no sheppard

    by Phategod2

    I believe it takes place a few years before Shappard was born great Idea.

  • May 25, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Shepard would be 3-4 years old...

    by Sodapopguy

    At the start of the First Contact War. In any case, the FCW wouldn't involve him and it would be a better introduction to the ME universe as well as tell a story that most ME players know very little of.

  • May 25, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Maybe involve his parents

    by Phategod2

    if you go with the Spacer origin. that way you make start the Sheppard Mythos.

  • May 25, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    ME was great. ME2 was 10 times better.

    by Nachokoolaid

    Both of those games were so solid. ME2 may be the best game I've ever played. It ranks up there with Mario 64, and the original Halo as one of the best console experiences ever. <p> I'd love to see a good movie version of Mass Effect. At this point, I'd say the only two locks for cast members are Seth Green and Keith David. I think Matthew Fox would make an okay Shepard. But I bet there's another choice that would be better. Wouldn't mind an unknown. <p> And I agree with the one who said that the relationships and interactions between the characters is what makes this works. Hopefully the script reflects that. As anxious as I am for a ME movie, I'm already thinking how much I'd like the sequel better, because I really like the characters in that one much more. If you haven't checked out ME2, it's possibly the best game of this generation. (and yes, I'm considering Red Dead Redemption).

  • May 25, 2010, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Dominic Purcell

    by SlowBurn

    would be a much more badass Shepard than Matthew Fox. Just sayin'...

  • May 25, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I second Andy Whitfield from Spartacus for Shepherd...

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ......assuming (and hoping) he recovers well from his cancer treatments. He has the look, the physique, the athleticism, the charisma and gravitas and of course the acting chops to pull this off. Anybody, who's seen Spartacus knows what I'm talking about, and if you haven't, Netflix that shit posthaste, because you have no idea what you're missing.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    ME2 sucked ass

    by MrShootist

    But Mass Effect was really a decent story.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Third for Whitfield!

    by andrew coleman

    Ass Effect is a great game. Yes that is not a typo that's what I call it because I'm a dork.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Good thinking, sodapopguy

    by Kammich

    The codex and in-game mentions had me pretty intrigued about events like the Skylian Blitz. Starting a potential movie franchise with something like that would be a great way to establish the unique races and economy of the ME universe without soiling the opportunity by trying to create a Shepard origin story. For casting, it wouldn't matter to me. Shepard is supposed to vary from player to player, so I can't see anyone agreeing on who should play him. Personally, my Shepard somehow turned out looking like a young Ralph Fiennes in both games. And as for director, I really saw the games as science fiction noir. very much like Ridley Scott's work on "Blade Runner." so anyone that could emulate that type of filmic look would get my vote.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    My Sheppard looked

    by Phategod2

    like a younger Barrack Obama, funny thing is I made him before I even knew who BO was.

  • May 26, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I approve

    by Riff_Randell

    Can we get a Half-Life movie, too?

  • May 26, 2010, 12:38 a.m. CST

    I disagree.Best videogame movie adaptaion is MK

    by ominus

    SH is coming second but that because of having captured the atmosphere of the videogames.But as story goes is a fucking and i cant understand why Gans didnt adapted the story from SH2 which was pitch perfect.

  • May 26, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by commandersheppard

    never knew who he was til the weekend i watched the entire spartacus season and was blown away by it - the first few episodes a bit 300ish but after which the roman machinations, death of his wife, death of his friend - the man has acting chops for sure. Matthew fox would just look like a kid playing dress up in N7 armor, also he has a whiney voice lol

  • May 26, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST

    The MASS EFFECT movie better has...

    by AsimovLives

    ... the Normandy ship in it, or it's a bust. Normandy or bust.

  • May 26, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Karl Urban as Sheppard? Good choice

    by AsimovLives

    Unlike the Abramamnito's ass lickers in here, i already knew that Karl Urban was a good actor. Because, unlike what the Abramanito's ass lickers think, Urban has made movies before WRECK TREK. And he was pretty good in them too. Damn fine actor.

  • May 26, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    I think it should take place before Sheppard

    by Phategod2

    it makes more sense to introduce the whole universe before we get into the Sheppard/Normandy Mythology.

  • May 26, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    MASS EFFECT 1 sucessfully established the background and the universe while still telling the tale of sheppard, the first human ever to command a spaceship for the galactic government. MASS EFFECT 1 picked up the story at the perfect time it should be told. Otherwise, if the movie would be as you said above, it would be 2 hours of exposition and montages.

  • May 26, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Who could play these iconic characters?


    Commander Shepherd - Ben Browder (Farscape/Stargate SG1) Ashley Williams - Olivia Wilde (House/Tron Legacy/Cowboys & Aliens) Liara T'Soni - Laura Vandervort (V / Smallville) or Brea Grant (Heroes) Kaidan Alenko - Carlos Bernard (24) or Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) Garrus Vakarian - Adam Baldwin (Firefly/Serenity/Chuck) Urdnot Wrex - Michael Clarke Duncan Tali'Zorah Nar Rayya - She'll be masked somewhat anyway so have Doug Jones play her do a voice over with the voice actress (that's what Hollywood has him do so well) Saren- Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings/Doom/The Chronicles of Riddick) Zachary Quinto (Heroes/Star Trek REDO) Matriarch Benezia- Rebecca Romijn (Xmen- Mystique) Ambassador Donnel Udina- Gregory Itzin (24) Commander David Anderson - Keith David of course

  • May 26, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Adam Baldwin shouldn't play Garrus...

    by Sodapopguy

    If he plays anyone in the movie, it should be Kal'Reegar. AsimovLives, I'm with Phategod2 on staying away from the ME1/ME2 stories. They should go with the First Contact War or Revelation story. If they had to absolutely go with the ME1 story, it has to span the minimum of 2 movies. I believe there is too much content to squash into a single 2 hour movie.

  • May 26, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Shephard could be played by

    by ZebraKiller

    Wentworth Miller - the main guy from "Prison Break". I don't know if he can really act, but he looks just like Shephard. Although Shephard is kind of a stiff character anyway, so he could probably get it done if they are going for someone with his likeness.

  • May 26, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by Phategod2

    Would you rather they Shoe Horn 10+ hours of story and character development plus the science plus the history into 1 1/2 to 2 hours. the one you must remember about Sci-fi Is, everything in the universe must be explained. From Mass Effect Drives, to Biotics. Theres a rich universe that will have the laymen completely lost. You take the 1st movie maybe two crafting this universe then tell the story of Sheppard. Just remember how lost you were when people were referring to the Skylian blitz and everything else before you looked at your Codex, That would be everyone who never played the game.

  • May 26, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    My director and actors

    by samuraiwahoo

    DIR: Alex Proyas.... SHEP: Karl Urban....Ashley: Rachel McAdams... Kaiden: Peter Sarsgaard....Liara: Maggie Grace

  • May 26, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by selenya

    I completely agree with the Sam Witwer assessment. He deserves something like this. He was great in BSG and The Mist.

  • May 26, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I cant get over Witwer as Vader's apprentice

    by Phategod2

  • May 26, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by GenMayhem

    Andy Whitfield dude from Spartacus should play Sheppard.

  • May 27, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Witwer or Fox

    by inkingeekX

    Would be good- but I made my character with pock marks and a John Connor style scar- both of those guys look like the default character though...