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Mass Effect movie adaptation detailed

A Legendary Pictures Q&A has spilled a few early details about the upcoming Mass Effect movie.

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Mass Effect is getting a film treatment, and a few of the additional details have slipped out. Following Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures held a fan Q&A which has revealed that the movie will, unsurprisingly, feature the male version of Shepard. When asked if the movie will be a trilogy, the production team simply responded: "We are really focused on making this a great movie, so we'll see where it takes us. We have to get the first one right to know whether there will be more."

The Q&A (via Eurogamer) doesn't offer any casting hints, though it did say that Seth Green will not reprise his role as Joker. Legendary is working with BioWare on developing the story, with Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are serving as executive producers. According to the Q&A, BioWare will "allow plot / character changes." Maybe Kaidan will actually be interesting this time around?

Legendary has a solid history of co-producing smart sci-fi action films, like the Nolan Batman series, Watchmen, and Inception. It's currently also developing movies adaptations of the Gears of War and Warcraft franchises.

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    September 21, 2011 8:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Mass Effect movie adaptation detailed.

    A Legendary Pictures Q&A has spilled a few early details about the upcoming Mass Effect movie.

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      September 21, 2011 8:01 AM

      OH MAN

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      September 21, 2011 8:04 AM

      ME is fantastic as a videogame series because of how long it is, how much there is to see, and how much there is to read.

      You get a better sense of the universe playing one ME game, than you do watching 6 Star wars films.

      Still, I'm happy to see a dramatic story set in that fiction. I just hope they don't try to condense everything into an "origin story" of sorts.

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      September 21, 2011 8:04 AM

      Only if femshep

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        September 21, 2011 9:12 AM

        a fan Q&A which has revealed that the movie will, unsurprisingly, feature the male version of Shepard. sorry, bro.

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      September 21, 2011 8:12 AM

      yeah i dont know. maybe if they get a new male sheppard voice actor because the current one is fucking terrible

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      September 21, 2011 8:45 AM

      There has never been a good movie based on a video game.

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        September 21, 2011 9:01 AM

        Uwe Boll is gonna punch you inna head!

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          September 21, 2011 11:46 AM

          Uwe won't do anything now that German law doesn't bankroll international releases =)

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        September 21, 2011 11:46 AM

        I just did a search on all movies that were based on video games to try and argue this with you and then realized you're actually right. The only one I could even find that I'd consider "OK" was the first Resident Evil movie.

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          September 21, 2011 12:04 PM

          First Mortal Kombat was okay. It hasn't aged well though.

          Just because nobody has done a great one doesn't mean it can't happen. The biggest problem is that most gaming IPs haven't been seriously tackled. Just exploited due to their popularity. Prince of Persia was probably the most honest attempt and they didn't really stick to the lore of the game.

          Also, the people involved in these adaptations don't know anything about the IP to begin with. That's a huge problem. At least here Bioware is involved.

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            September 21, 2011 12:11 PM

            MK is funny/good.

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            September 21, 2011 1:13 PM

            I saw MK for the first time a few months ago. It was entertaining but I wouldn't consider it "good". I could see perhaps people feeling differently though when it came out considering how old it is.

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            September 21, 2011 11:27 PM

            The biggest problem is that most gaming IPs haven't been seriously tackled.

            This is it. Videogame movies are still waiting for their X-Men.

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          September 21, 2011 12:05 PM

          I thought the first and second RE movies were pretty alright.

          Someone posted a fan-made movie for Portal a week or so ago that was pretty badass, but I'm not sure how well it would translate if it were fully adapted. Link posted below for those who haven't seen it.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4drucg1A6Xk&ob=av3e

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          September 21, 2011 12:12 PM

          Street Fighter is enjoyable.

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          September 21, 2011 3:33 PM

          and MAYBE silent hill. all others were really bad

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          September 21, 2011 4:27 PM

          Yup, this is true. But it has to happen at some point. Somebody somewhere sometime, even if it's through sheer dumb luck, has to make a good videogame based movie. So why not hope it'll be Mass Effect?

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          September 21, 2011 11:29 PM

          Silent hill was the best videogame movie.

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        September 21, 2011 5:56 PM

        While I wouldn't call Prince of Persia great, I wouldn't say it was worse than any other Disney-esque action movie. I've seen it more than once and enjoyed it.

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        September 22, 2011 12:21 AM

        The Tomb Raider movies were okay. Not great.

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      September 21, 2011 9:10 AM

      I will lmao if this comes out before WarCraft.

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        September 21, 2011 12:11 PM

        If that means Ashley Tisdale gets naked and fucks a blue alien chick then sign me the fuck up.

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      September 21, 2011 12:09 PM

      Think of the Fox News articles...

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      September 21, 2011 12:42 PM

      Legendary Films keeps my jaded opinion towards Hollywood in check, especially on the sci-fi front. Wish more of the tards in Hollywood would read some decent sci-fi novels before thinking they're qualified to write a script. All in all though, 2012 will have a sweet line-up of scifi films. A lot of adaptations from really nice novels supposed to be coming out. The Forever War being among them.

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      September 21, 2011 1:11 PM

      hopefully itll be good

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      September 21, 2011 1:15 PM

      They should have done a female lead instead. Would have made it MUCH more interesting. We need another Ripley like leader in film. I was thinking maybe Monica Bellucci or Kate beckinsale

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        September 21, 2011 4:10 PM

        Monica Belluci is fat and old now :(

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          September 21, 2011 5:29 PM

          YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!

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            September 21, 2011 7:15 PM

            I take it back..I wasnt sure on which actresses.. lol random choice.

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      September 21, 2011 1:33 PM

      I hope they can somehow get George Lucas to direct.

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      September 21, 2011 1:43 PM

      I wonder who will play Joker... Who can emulate that Seth Green-iness well?

      Also, the aliens, specifically those in your party, CGI?

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      September 21, 2011 1:46 PM

      I'm surprised this article didn't put in the information that the movie will not be based on the games' stories and will instead be based on a new story.

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        September 21, 2011 4:25 PM

        Where did you get this idea?

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            September 21, 2011 4:38 PM

            It would be insane for them to completely rework the plot. WTF would ME be if Shepard wasn't running around trying to stop the Reapers?

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              September 21, 2011 11:14 PM

              Space Opera 5000

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              September 21, 2011 11:37 PM

              Discarded Star Trek Script #15 Mass Effect: Dark Origins Rising

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              September 22, 2011 12:22 AM

              Hollywood doesn't care.

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              September 22, 2011 12:27 AM

              If I had to guess I'd say something about how Shepard got to be humanity's choice for Spectre, even though that stuff is kind of decided by the player in ME1. Or worse yet they might be aiming to scrap the whole plot of the games and rewrite some alternate story with the same characters, Hollywood seems to like doing that.

              On a side note, I still think the Mass Effect universe is really ripe for some movies or series. There's a lot in there that the games haven't explored that would be really cool to see in film/game/tv form. I can't stress enough how awesome it would be to see a movie about the First Contact War between humans and turians.

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      September 21, 2011 3:10 PM

      Nothing will come of this just like the Halo movie.

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      September 21, 2011 3:15 PM

      If they're not going with a new cast of characters, I hope it'll be mostly characters from the first game. I couldn't stand the ones in 2.

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        September 21, 2011 3:29 PM

        I'd prefer they keep some of the better ones from ME2 such as Mordin and Legion. Also Miranda seeing as they can just get Yvonne Strahovski and make her wear that tight jumpsuit.

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          September 21, 2011 3:32 PM

          Yeah, I liked Mordin and Legion. Thane was tolerable. Couldn't stand Jack, Grunt, Samara, and most of all, Zaeed.

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            September 21, 2011 3:35 PM

            Outside of that one mission with Zaeed I pretty much left his ass in the basement where he belongs. I could see a character like Jack being handled better her back story was interesting at least but I don't see it being easily handled in a movie(TV show maybe).

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              September 21, 2011 3:48 PM

              She was trying-too-hard-"hardcore-chick" character. Zero subtlety. Annoyed me thoroughly.

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                September 21, 2011 3:54 PM

                Yeah but I could see the whole being experimented on angle being interesting if they toned her down a bit also she kind of calms down if Shepard heals her with his magic dick

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                September 21, 2011 11:27 PM

                They should replace her with Michael Fassbender

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              September 21, 2011 4:01 PM

              His squad disruptor ammo is useful in Geth missions.

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      September 21, 2011 3:22 PM

      It would be nice if the movie turned out to be awesome and spawned a movie/tv franchise. I like the universe Bioware created it's fairly fleshed out and interesting. I hope they can get a quality director after District 9 I'd be happy with someone like Neill Blomkamp. But considering the track record with movies adapted from games i'm not getting my hopes up.

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        September 22, 2011 12:23 AM

        Chances are it will be a mediocre director and a mediocre movie. Not Bioware's fault, it's just the way they treat game IP.

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      September 21, 2011 4:23 PM

      No Seth Green as Joker makes me a sad panda. However, I still think ME is just ripe for movie adaptation. I just hope they don't make Shepard look like the skinhead retard default male Shepard looks like in game.

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        September 21, 2011 7:57 PM

        Seth Green as Joker was the only casting decision I was concerned with! Fuck!

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      September 21, 2011 4:53 PM

      i always feel sorry for the screenwriter that has to somehow turn a video game story into a passable movie screenplay

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      September 21, 2011 6:48 PM

      Come go and see, will not regret it Oh look

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        September 21, 2011 10:04 PM

        Dear Mr. Ssrjaj,

        I just farted.

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      September 21, 2011 7:16 PM

      None of it will matter. It will be horrible.

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        September 21, 2011 10:45 PM

        Pretty much how I feel anytime they announce another game-based movie.

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      September 21, 2011 11:31 PM

      I WANT THE WARCRAFT MOVIE

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      September 22, 2011 8:47 AM

      WIN!...
      but
      I'll reserve judgement until they LOCK DOWN the director and the actors.

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        September 22, 2011 11:00 AM

        Trying to isolate Shepard to one particular actor will pose problems anyway. I just hope whoever plays Wrex imitates the voice and mannerisms to the letter. :)

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      September 23, 2011 10:42 PM

      Need More Space Hamsters!

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      September 27, 2011 12:15 AM

      Do they REALLY need to make a movie with real actors? Just use computer animation and voice actors, it's good enough...just look at what they did for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, etc., and that was years ago. Besides, that way we can have the voice actors from the game come in.