News to me anyway. Avi and Ari Arad, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, the producers behind smash hit action movies The Dark Knight and Spider-Man will be the team behind a live-action, big screen adaptation of Mass Effect. I'm also told that co-founders of Bio-Ware, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will serve as executive producers, making sure the big boys stay true to the game.
Mark Protosevich of Thor and I Am Legend fame has been tipped as the potential screen-writer.
In a recent statement, Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures announced:
"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."
Co-Porducer Avi Arad went on to say that:
"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."
I have to admit I fully agree with that last sentance. Mass Effect, like Gears of War, seem's ideally suited for a motion-picture adaption. My only real concern is how they're going to fit all the rich depth and plot-twists of the Mass Effect setting into a single movie. Yet the producers and Bio-Ware seem determined that the forthcoming film will mirror the events of the first Mass Effect Game.
We now return you to you're originally promised schedule of Mass Effect gaming-related goodness.