OLDBOY Screenwriter Mark Protosevitch On The Challenge Of Writing MASS EFFECT
In 2011, Legendary Pictures hired Mark Protosevitch to write the feature film adaptation of BioWare's highly successful space-epic, Mass Effect, however the challenge of doing so was so hard that Protosevitch won't adapt any video games!
Talking to Badass Digest at a recent press junket for Oldboy, the site asked Protosevitch about his version of Mass Effect and what Legendary Pictures wanted from the film, stating that "When I was on it I was definitely adapting the first game. That story, it was very much the first game. And that was the approach."
The site also pegged him for information on the movie; revealing that it would be an almost-strict adaptation for the first video game, but he was also relieved when the studio brought in a new writer for the project. Protosevitch said that "It was the first game adaptation I did and it will probably be the only one. They’re hard. I will freely admit it was hard.".
It's also no secret that the narrative of Mass Effect set a high standard for video games, with each game consisting of dozens of hours of content and plot/character developed. Protosevitch noted this, saying "With Mass Effect - there’s just so much material. Narratively, with the game, you’re talking about nine, ten hours of narrative you’re jamming into two hours."
Do you guys think a Mass Effect movie could work at all?
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