Game to Movie
Throughout the history of the gaming industry, there have been many appearances in the movie world with many mainstays in video games having their face plastered on the big screen dating back to the Super Mario Brothers movie in 1993 to Mortal Kombat’s latest iteration in 2021. Somewhere in between, video game fans have had the opportunity to see Sonic, Detective Pikachu, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil, Warcraft and more come to life. Whether the movies were good or not, fans have always salivated at the opportunity to see their favorite video games on the big screen. In 2010, there was discussion about a potential Mass Effect movie as the film rights were sold to Legendary Pictures, however, almost a decade later, there has been no release. Bioware’s lead writer, Mac Walters unveiled some information about the movie in a recent interview with Business Insider.
Walters indicated that firstly, although a movie would be great, television might be a more appropriate avenue for a world as expansive as Mass Effect. He stated that “If you’re going to tell a story that’s as fleshed out as ‘Mass Effect,’ TV is the way to do it. There’s a natural way it fits well with episodic content.” He went on to state that after a change at Legendary Pictures, the studio wanted a shift, however, it never picked up against “not for a lack of trying”.
On the more positive side, Walters did indicate that many persons have approached him about the movie stating that “It’s such an expansive world, and so many people I know in the TV and film industry have reached out to ask me when we’re going to do it and saying we’ve got to do it.” It seems fans can remain hopeful that the world of Mass Effect will be brought either to the movie theatre or to home televisions sometime in the future.
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