Avi Arad Bringing ‘Mass Effect’ To The Big Screen

Published 6 years ago by , Updated July 7th, 2011 at 1:35 am,

Mass Effect Movie Avi Arad Avi Arad Bringing Mass Effect To The Big Screen

Avi Arad, ex-CEO of Marvel studios, has optioned the movie rights to the 2007 hit game Mass EffectMass Effect was developed by Bioware, creators of the super-successful Knights of the Old Republic (the best Star Wars game ever on the consoles). It is published by video game powerhouse Electronic Arts (EA) and was released exclusively on the Xbox 360 console and later the PC in 2007.

Avi Arad made it big when Marvel Comics went bankrupt in the mid-nineties. Toy Biz, which he helmed at the time, acquired the company in a sloppy mess of a merger/acquisition. He was instrumental in pulling Marvel out of bankruptcy and expanding the company into the film industry.

Arad is one of the reasons that comic book-based films are currently the hottest thing in the industry with every comic property now being bought up by studios left, right and center… including comics that haven’t even hit the shelves yet.

In 2006, Arad resigned his position as CEO of Marvel studios to form his own company, Avi Arad Productions. He still acts as executive producer on all Marvel films and television projects.

With his own company, it appears that he is now targeting video game adaptations with this Mass Effect project as well as a film based on the Lost Planet video game, which was confirmed this summer.

Mr. Arad and EA are remaining tight-lipped on details of where they are in pre-production but it’s a good bet that they will try to tie in the hype of this film to the release of the second or third installment of planned trilogy of games.

I won’t go into too much detail about the game (that’s not what this site is about), but if you’re a gamer and haven’t played this, you best go out and acquire this game. It’s one of the best titles on the Xbox 360. I would even go so far as to say, this game is better than Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) – It doesn’t beat the epic story of KOTOR, but its gameplay elements bring it a step above.

Mass Effect, just like KOTOR, features an incredible voice cast (including my favourite Seth Green), leading edge graphics, and a very cinematic presentation style. I believe this game would be amazing as a feature film, but just like all video game adaptations, I am very worried about how they can capture all the important story elements in a 2 hour feature film.

I’ll throw out one casting option I think would work. You can customize the character in the game, but the default skin and the one we see on the game box looks just like Matthew Fox. That character’s name just so happens to be Commander Shepard. Who does Fox play on  Lost? Jack Shephard! Same name, minus the “h”! It’s a match made in heaven.

So, what do you think? Does the game’s story warrant a big-screen feature? Can they pull it off in one movie? Any casting ideas?

Source: Variety

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  1. Hey Rob,
    I just wanted to say that Commander Shepard does not look like matthew fox, he IS Mark Vanderloo. The in-game character is modeled after him, so i think it would be nice if he portrayed Shepard in the movie… Just Check this out: http://ui23.gamespot.com/2166/ewwwtf_2.jpg

  2. Hey FrosT,

    Yeap, the character is modelled on Vanderloo but he’s not exactly a known or bankable lead actor.

    Matthew Fox has a very strong resemblance to the character as well, and I think could actually pull it off well. I’d love to see him in a more serious and badass role as the lead in a feature film.

  3. The game is already like a big movie. I think a feature film would just demolish the whole thing some game companies are doing to make gaming more cinematic. Because games now get big actors and everything to try and merge gaming and film. Then they take one of the best examples of a playable epic movie and make it just a movie. Two thumbs down.

  4. This was a fun game but I just don’t see how they could adapt it to film. When it comes to casting I would go with Dominic Purcell (The guy from Prison Break) maybe if he got a little skinnier he could pull it off.

  5. Although it is interesting that Shepard was physically modelled after Vanderloo, Vanderloo definitely shouldn’t be playing this character on the big screen seeing how he is a model and not an actor. It would almost be like having the lead character in a film, that is based on a true story, being played by the ‘real-life’ person the writer modelled the character after. What is ‘acting’ really all about?

  6. I would comment on this but since I have no clue about this game, I’ll just take you all’s word on it. :-)

  7. I really would love to see a live action movie about this great, well written story. Below you can find actors that I feel would suit the roles:

    Commander Shepard: Leonardo Dicaprio
    Ashley Williams: Odette Yustman
    Kaiden Alenko: John Lequizamo
    Captain Anderson: Lawrence Fishbourne
    Ambassador Udina: Morgan Freeman
    Liara T’soni: Ali Hillis
    Tali’Zorah Nar Rayya: Liza Sroka
    Garrus Vakkarrian: Karl Urban
    Urdnot Wrex: Undecided

    Saren Arteruis: Will Smith
    Matriarch Benezia: Marina Sirtis
    Jeff Moreau “Joker”: Seth Green
    Doctor Chakwas: Helen Mirren
    Nihlus Kryik: Undecided
    Admiral Hackett: Lance Henrisken

  8. 1. Cast as many VA from ME into acting roles for ME movie
    2. ???
    3. Profit!

  9. Hey Kev,

    Some of your choices mirror mine pretty closely – notably Mirren as the doctor who I've been saying as well.

  10. Certainly hope they will consider making something new rather than just make a repeatition of the game like some often do which i find slightly boring, be better if they made a mass effect on either: First contact war or the Skyllian Blitz, i dunno if i am gonna watch it at least if its just the game story repeated into a movie, but guess one will see what they come up with.

  11. Certainly hope they will consider making something new rather than just make a repeatition of the game like some often do which i find slightly boring, be better if they made a mass effect on either: First contact war or the Skyllian Blitz, i dunno if i am gonna watch it at least if its just the game story repeated into a movie, but guess one will see what they come up with.

  12. Yeah a movie about mass effect would be EPIC the star wars of the 21st Century, wonder if George Lucas has any gas left in the tank to take on such a HUGE project, technology will most certainlly make it easier an quicker, I jus watched Robin hood an I think Russel Crow would make an excellant Commander Shepard,at first I thought Megan Fox as Miranda but you want some quality as well so I decided with Scarlett Johansson…

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