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Monday, May 24, 2010

Back in February I posted a commentary about the possibility of a Mass Effect film, today Legendary Pictures announced that it has acquired the rights for the popular sci-fi video game series and plans to distribute the film through Warner Bros. The creative minds behind the new Batman films Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni along with Avi Arad, producer of the Spider-man films, and Casey Hudson, executive producer of the first two games in the series, will co-create the project.

The three producers issued the following statements regarding the partnership between studios and genres.

Thomas Tull:"Mass Effect is a tremendous property ripe for translation to the big screen. Mass Effect is a prime example of the kind of source material we at Legendary like to develop; it has depth, compelling characters and an engaging back story. This coupled with Avi and Ari producing and the skills of a great team adapting the screenplay, are the start of turning this smash videogame based property into a successful feature film."

Avid Arad:"We are thrilled to be working with Legendary. EA and BioWare are terrific partners who have created a brilliant piece of fiction with a universe filled with amazing aliens and technology. More importantly, though, they created a parable whose conflicts mirror the ones we currently face in our own world. This story emphasizes the need for all cultures to learn to work together. All this magic is presented in a fast paced action-adventure that makes for the best kind of movie experience."

Casey Hudson: "At BioWare, we've always thought of Mass Effect as having the depth, emotion and plot twists perfectly suited for an adaptation to a motion picture. With Legendary and Avi and Ari Arad attached, we believe that the Mass Effect movie will be an extraordinary entertainment event that realizes our vision for the franchise and thrills fans."

(All quotes courtesy of

My Opinion: What I think of a Mass Effect film is detailed in my commentary mentioned earlier. However, I am glad that the film is in good hands. With Casey Hudson attached to the production it is likely the film will be respectful to the original.

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