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Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen 142

UgLyPuNk writes "This could be a good thing or a bad thing: EA has just confirmed that it's making Mass Effect into a movie. The franchise has been acquired by Legendary Pictures, which is best known for its co-productions of The Dark Knight, Clash of the Titans, 300, Watchmen, and, um, The Hangover, as part of a co-financing agreement with Warner Bros."
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Mass Effect To Invade the Big Screen

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  • Females! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 27, 2010 @03:26AM (#32358916)

    Why does it have to be a man... I want my hot commander bouncing around!

    And making sweet love to kelly.

  • drm? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 27, 2010 @03:42AM (#32359004)

    The movie can not start. For security reasons, only a limited number of machines can ever be licensed by a single purchase. This limit has been reached. Please purchase another registration code, reinstall, and then try again.

  • by ronoholiv ( 1216262 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @05:09AM (#32359378)
    My recommendation? Leave Shepard alone. Work on another point in time in the universe,preferably in a spot where all the back-story that would have to be told is either integral to the story or doesn't limit people from understanding the story. Maybe pluck stories from the First Contact War, or events just before the start of Mass Effect.
  • Re:Can it wait? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Rogerborg ( 306625 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @05:11AM (#32359390) Homepage

    Bioware dudes are going to be involved

    And if they're really quiet and well behaved, they may even be allowed to stay on set and fetch coffee for the guy who walks the dog of the broad who puts the makeup on Johnny Fucking Depp.

  • Re:Can it wait? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by shadowknot ( 853491 ) * on Thursday May 27, 2010 @05:14AM (#32359400) Journal
    I agree and, of course, the really good news is that Uwe f*cking Boll isn't involved.
  • by Faaln ( 1004586 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @05:44AM (#32359558)
    Clash of the Titans (bland movie, with bland writing, starring a bland lead actor) gets listed among a bunch of moderate to great movies without so much as a hiccup and The Hangover gets a pretentious "um"? WTF.
  • Re:Can it wait? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Homburg ( 213427 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @06:09AM (#32359676) Homepage

    Watchmen was such a faithful adaptation of the comic that it was unwatchable as a film; this kind of mechanical "faithfulness" to the appearance or minor details of the source material is rarely a good thing. A similarly faithful film of Mass Effect would presumably keep interrupting the plot for a quick tour of the 15th more-or-less identical mining station or military outpost.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 27, 2010 @08:57AM (#32360804)

    Sadly, the studio's thought process is likely to be along the lines of: "This is a video game movie. Therefore, the target audience is 13-year-old boys. Therefore, the lead must be male. Oh, and forget realistic armor -- extra-skimpy outfits all round for the token females we deign to include!"

    Wait, they already did that second one in ME2 ...

  • No thanks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Thursday May 27, 2010 @09:43AM (#32361290)
    I loved Mass Effect 1 and 2. I have almost every achievement known to man in them, even in the DLC. I am a major fan. But I have no interest in a movie. Playing Mass Effect has, in fact, made me much *less* inclined to see a movie. Why? Because any Shepard on that screen won't be *MY* Shepard. Any story on that screen won't be something I will play a part in. The only choice I will have in that theater is which size popcorn to buy. That's not Mass Effect--it's just a glorified game trailer. I am no more interested in watching it than I would be in watching a video of someone else playing through ME1 or ME2. I couldn't give a shit less how the director wanted to play *his* Shepard.
  • Re:Can it wait? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by L4t3r4lu5 ( 1216702 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @10:03AM (#32361520)
    They didn't make a film of The Watchmen; They made the Watchmen comic book move.

    The only adaptation was the ending, presumably because explaining Barbastus to the peons who think Die Hard 4.0 is technically accurate [] would leave most cinema goers with a sore head. The rest was, scene for scene, the comic book main story.
  • by deniable ( 76198 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @10:30AM (#32361860)

    You are a sick human being.

    and so are the mods. :)

  • Re:Can it wait? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by PanzStrata ( 1768658 ) on Thursday May 27, 2010 @12:38PM (#32363824)

    Watchmen was such a faithful adaptation of the comic that it was unwatchable as a film

    One thing that Watchmen taught me about adaptations is you can never please everyone. You will either get castrated for getting too far off path from the original or you will get burned alive because you had no originality.

    I never go into a movie comparing it to the original, you will never win because the entire time you will be critiquing and not enjoying. I have know doubt that a good number of people will be very vocal about how much they thought the Mass Effect movie sucked (when it comes out), but no one will be talking about it as a movie that quite possibly could have been a decent movie. they will too focused on the fact that Shepherd hooked up with Ashley rather than Liara, or that Joker wasn't played by Seth Green, or that Cerberus wasn't mentioned.

    If we have any chance of enjoying this movie, we have to go in with the understanding that we didn't write this story line. It might even help to imagine that you are watching your friend play Mass Effect, take yourself out of the equation and it might just be a good movie.

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