Mass Effect movie deal done
RPG snapped up by 300 studio
Role-playing game Mass Effect is set to make a big-screen appearance.
Legendary Pictures - the company behind the latest Batman movies, 300, Watchmen and Where the Wild Things Are - has acquired the film development rights to the BioWare game series.
Fans of the game like to talk up Mass Effect's exploration of themes and issues such as imperialism, individualism and man vs machine - worries us all that one - so should provide a wealth of plot for scripter Mark Protosevich - he adapted Richard Matheson's I Am Legend onto the silver screen to get his teeth into.
Or it might just be a load of explosions and CGI.
Either way, Legendary hasn't yet pencilled in a release date for the movie, but with plenty of titles queued up for the next couple of years - including another Batman outing, Godzilla and the Warcraft movie - it may some way away. ®
Yes, piracy is destorying the film industry...
...it's nothing to do with the studios being unable to muster up a single new or interesting idea among themselves.
I hope there are REALLY long scenes in a lift - otherwise it won't be anything like the original.
I love the mass effect series, me2 is one of the most impressive games ever.. But (yes, you knew it was coming), I feel no urge to see Hollywood's take on it.
ME was interesting, clever and ME2 in particular had some interesting morally ambivalent paths to choose- probably why I enjoyed it, while not being a fan of fuckwit trekkiedom space opera.
Taking a good game and trying to make a movie out of it won't work- if you put it through a sausage machine that strips it of all notable features, and the things that made it interesting. The generic exploding blockbuster pipeline does that, reducing everything to the lowest common denominator. Thus must adaptations of everything end up as over-compressed exploding pap.
Kinda telling that the only film that I've actually bothered to see in the cinema this year was "Four Lions". The rest were either on DVD, or via torrents. It's not worth the time, money or noisy slurping face-stuffing phone-shouting cinema tard pain, going all that way to see yet another cookie cutter affair.
Rant., ramble etc. Sorry, I am miffed enough that this has made me rather incoherent. Gonna make some coffee and wake up a bit.