Did Universal Hint at a Mass Effect Film?May 15, 2014
Could BioWare‘s hit video trilogy finally get the film treatment fans are craving?
Universal has announced that on November 4th, 2016, it is releasing a “yet untitled” tent pole film that is being financed with Legendary Pictures.
The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the “’Untitled 2016 Event Project’ is new and not a remake, though it may be based on underlying intellectual property.” That certainly leaves a lot to the imagination but it’s known that they do have the rights to produce a Mass Effect film, and that date comes at the end of the same year that Legendary is releasing their anticipated Warcraft film on March 11, 2016. Also, November 7th which is on the following Monday from the stated release is considered “N7 Day” to fans.
The chances of this untitled film becoming the Mass Effect film are a distinct possibility as Universal is about to wrap shooting on Warcraft. It’s likely that they could be feeling positive about the outcome of that film and the ability to translate a video game into a feature film enough so that they will go back to the well and produce Mass Effect.
Talk about a Mass Effect feature film began in 2010, then went silent until Comic Con 2011 when it was announced that they were going to be using the male version of Commander Shepard (in the game you can choose a male or female Commander). Then, in late 2012 the script suddenly changed hands to Morgan Davis Foehl… and that was it. There’s been no word until now.
Warcraft producer Thomas Tull spoke with IGN earlier this year and specifically spoke of the work that would go into a Mass Effect film.
[blockquote]”That’s a story that we love,” he stressed. “And it’s incredibly sprawling and complex. We’re not going to screw up Commander Shepard. That’s another one of those things where we’re being a little bit precious about it, but unless we feel like we can absolutely crack it and know what the movie is, we’re just not in the position where we have to make stuff just because we have to. That’s the way we treat every one of these. I’m a huge Mass Effect fan. I play. I’m personally a fan of all these different things, and we don’t to screw them up, so that’s the way we go into these. The bar is very high, and that’s just our approach.”[/blockquote]
“I think the canon they’ve created is sophisticated,” Tull went on to say. “It’s very broad, meaning you can’t pitch that in 30 seconds, right? It’s a complex story. So it is challenging. If it wasn’t challenging, the movie would have been out by now, but it is. We’ve just got to stick to our guns that, if it’s a movie that’s going to come from us, we want it to be great. If we can’t crack that yet then we just have to keep working.”
Hopefully with their love of the material they now feel confident enough to move forward or have developed an idea that will work if that untitled film is indeed Mass Effect. What do you think? Is it all purely coincidental or might there be some truth to the rumors? If this is a Mass Effect film, who would you cast as a male or female Shepard, and how do you think Hollywood will treat how the game tackled sexual orientation of the main character? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.