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Mass Effect movie to be based on first game, script finished

24 Jul 2012  by   John Robertson
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It seems that the script for the Mass Effect movie is finished. Mark Protosevich, writer of the I Am Legend and Thor movies, has penned the script.

A post by production company Legendary Films states that the movie will be centred on the “story of the original Mass Effect game” and “focus on Commander Shepard’s journey”. That’s a backtrack from the original plans Legendary had for the film, the company saying late last year that it wouldn’t be based on the story from the games.

No news on who going’s to play Shepard or who will direct the movie. It has been confirmed, however, that Shepard will be male.

Legendary would not comment directly on whether they plan to make the movies out of the other two games in the series, merely saying:

“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.”

Excited for a Mass Effect movie? Think it should follow the story from the games? Who should play Shepard.

Given fan reaction to the third Mass Effect game, those are questions that are unlikely to be answered in a manner that pleases everyone.

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  1. Daveshuffles

    Liam Neeson for Shepherd!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    1. Kevin Mercado

      Way to old Shepard is in his late twenties , Liam great actor wrong age.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  2. Kevin Mercado

    Matthew Fox

    July 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  3. Zalis

    Matthew Fox for Shepherd.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  4. Samurai Slacker

    If Shepard is going to be male then you need someone wooden like he is in the games…

    Matt LeBlanc for Shepard!

    July 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

  5. Radosuaf

    Mark Meer for Shepard and Seth Green for Joker!

    July 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    1. Great11

      Seth Green is not in it. That’s been confirmed already.

      August 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      1. asghjdkgj/

        No, they changed that, they said they weren’t closing any doors on actor Seth Green.

        August 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  6. Masseffectfan
    +1

    I am calling it right now. Sam Worthington is going to be cast as Shepard. He is Legendary Picture’s go to guy when it comes to action like this.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  7. Halo70769

    I definitely think they should stay as true as possible to the games story. The story was one of the strongest aspects of the game by far, and too many times I’ve seen video game movie adaptations fail and think if only they hadn’t deviated so far from te story being told in the game.

    If there were ever a movie to take the risk of mirroring a games story, mass effect is the series that could pull it off.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  8. Halo70769

    I definitely think they should stay as true as possible to the games story. The story was one of the strongest aspects of the game by far, and too many times I’ve seen video game movie adaptations fail and think if only they hadn’t deviated so far from te story being told in the game.

    If there were ever a movie to take the risk of mirroring a games story, mass effect is the series that could pull it off.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  9. Halo70769

    I definitely think they should stay as true as possible to the games story. The story was one of the strongest aspects of the game by far, and too many times I’ve seen video game movie adaptations fail and think if only they hadn’t deviated so far from te story being told in the game.

    If there were ever a movie to take the risk of mirroring a games story, mass effect is the series that could pull it off.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  10. Halo70769

    I definitely think they should stay as true as possible to the games story. The story was one of the strongest aspects of the game by far, and too many times I’ve seen video game movie adaptations fail and think if only they hadn’t deviated so far from te story being told in the game.

    If there were ever a movie to take the risk of mirroring a games story, mass effect is the series that could pull it off.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  11. Halo70769

    I definitely think they should stay as true as possible to the games story. The story was one of the strongest aspects of the game by far, and too many times I’ve seen video game movie adaptations fail and think if only they hadn’t deviated so far from te story being told in the game.

    If there were ever a movie to take the risk of mirroring a games story, mass effect is the series that could pull it off.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  12. mbs90

    A movie about reunion with with LI..would have been way better. But yeah, i still excited. But not overwelmed.. yet.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  13. James Chou

    Ben Affleck for Commander Shepard!

    July 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

    1. H H

      BEN AFFLECK! What are you on! Why ruin a film before you have even made it!

      July 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

  14. simon
    +1

    I’m thinking Gary Oldman for Saren

    July 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

  15. Joker

    I’m not sure what to think. A movie kind of makes me feel like the film is going to ruin my experience as a ME player. Like, what choices will Shepard make? Very hard to make a movie out of this.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

  16. Realist

    I wish people would stop saying Matthew Fox. He is too old and looks nothing like default male shep. Paul Walker or Logan Marshall Green are far better picks. They are the right age and have the right look.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    1. True Realist

      why would the actor have to look like Shepard? Shepard looks different to everyone. my Shepard doesn’t look like the guy in the picture in the article.

      also, Paul Walker? No. The guy can’t act and he doesn’t deserve the role. Sure, he’s good in Fast & Furious but you don’t need to be able to act in that.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  17. Shep

    Paul Walker or Logan Marshall Green for Shepard!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  18. Lev

    NONONONONONONONONOONONONONONONONONONONONOOOOOOOONONONONOOOONOONOONOONONOONONONONONONONONONONONO.

    NO.

    How can anyone possibly think this is a good idea? NO. NONONONONONONONONONONONONO

    July 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

  19. Christopher Tingren

    Femshep for Shepard

    July 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  20. Vladboldan

    Dominic Purcell looks and sounds like Shepard. You should know him from Prison Break.

    July 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

  21. Hector

    Matthew Fox as Shepard, no doubt about it.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  22. Bkjoyce86

    Paul Bettany from Legion for Shepherd

    August 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  23. danplaza

    liam neeson for Saren. He’s done villain before, just like Batman Begins.
    For Sheperd is a toss up between Sam Worthington just like Masseffectfan said, and possibly Channing Tatum (Don’t Dismiss him! Give yourself a moment to think about that! LOL).
    Tell you what though, i think that i wouldn’t mind seeing someone like Jeremy Renner or Matt Damon become the hero!
    Then again, i have had one too many drinks!

    August 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm
  24. I’m confused. Mass Effect is so much more than a movie… why dumb it down for people who can’t use a mouse? Do something different…really really different. The brilliance of Mass Effect is that it puts you in the movie – you’re actor, director, producer, writer, stuntman… That’s what I loved about this series!

    We have to fix the revenue model somehow when the good stuff makes a few bucks then you have to dumb it down and linearize it for the big bucks. Stupid.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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