Mass Effect: The Movie?

Bioware Says Hollywood Is Showing A “Tremendous Amount of Interest” in Developing A Mass Effect Movie

January 23, 2010 – In an exclusive interview with MTV’s Adam Rosenberg, Bioware’s Casey Hudson spoke about the possibility of a Mass Effect film being developed in the future. Hudson said, “Obviously we have a tremendous amount of interest from people in Hollywood to make a major motion picture about ‘Mass Effect.'”

Mass Effect‘s universe is tailor-made for film. The story is epic, the action is fast-paced and exciting, and there is a great depth to the universe created in the game. There are solid, fully-developed characters that would integrate beautifully into the film medium. And there is a massive amount of interest in the game, yielding a huge fan base.

But, Bioware is in no hurry to make the game into a movie, which is a very good thing. Hudson said during the interview, “The most important thing for us is, we don’t just want to see a movie get made. We want to see a great movie get made, if it’s going to get done at all.”

Bioware’s interest in moving Mass Effect to film makes sense. After all, they stand to benefit enormously from selling the rights to Hollywood. But, at the same time, Bioware takes a great amount of pride in their work and it’s encouraging to see a developer who see’s more than the fiscal bottom line. Bioware wants Commander Shepard’s story to be told properly, and quite honestly, one film wouldn’t do the trick, and I know many fans would argue that no film would do capture the universe of Mass Effect in quite the same manner.

Developing Mass Effect into a film would be a huge undertaking. To properly convey the story and the galaxy in which it takes place would require a significant monetary and time commitment. It would be a risky venture, but Mass Effect‘s story is so strong, the world so unique and fully realized that a film trilogy based on the games would appeal to a much larger audience than the gaming community. In the end, Mass Effect is a space epic that, given the right commitment and the proper dedication to preserving the story, would be a huge hit.

Luckily, Bioware is taking their time. Good for them. Let them enjoy their trilogy and hold onto it until the right moment arrives, if at all.

Source: MTV