MASS EFFECT Movie Gets A New Writer

MASS EFFECT Movie Gets A New Writer

Legendary Pictures are moving forward with a big screen adaptation of Electronic Arts' video game series Mass Effect (which has also inspired comic book spin-offs), hiring screenwriter Morgan David Foehl to work on the script.

Back in 2010, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures acquired the film rights to Electronic Arts and BioWare's highly successful video game series Mass Effect, which has spawned other forms of media such as novels and comic books. Mark Protosevich (Thor) previously worked on the script, with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Ari and Avi Arad producing. We haven't heard much about the adaptation recently, despite the third game being released earlier this year. But now, Variety reports that Legendary are moving forward with their big screen take on Mass Effect. According to the site, the studio have hired scribe Morgan Davis Foehl (who was previously set to script the alien invasion thriller Alien Sleeper Cell) to work on the Mass Effect movie's screenplay. Foehl has yet to have one of his scripts produced (with Mass Effect being his most high profile project to date), and has also penned Summit Entertainment's Top Cow adaptation Crosshair.

Despite being an adaptation of the video games, it has previously been stated that Mass Effect will have an entirely original story, rather than adapting a storyline from one of the games. Legendary Pictures are also adapting another video game series in the form of World Of Warcraft.

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ManOfKrypton - 10/24/2012, 1:59 PM
Ermmm it would help if you put what else he scripted... Time to use the google now!
CaptainObvious - 10/24/2012, 2:01 PM
Must resist Mass Effect 3 joke. Must resist Mass Effect 3 joke.
PaulRom - 10/24/2012, 2:12 PM
@ManOfKrypton: Sorry about that. Apparently this guy hasn't had any of his scripts produced yet, and this is the only big thing that he's been hired for so far.
TheGambitFreak - 10/24/2012, 2:14 PM
If what's his face from Prometheus does not play the main character, Boo!
CoolantTech - 10/24/2012, 2:15 PM
Despite being an adaptation of the video games, it has previously been stated that Mass Effect will have an entirely original story, rather than adapting a storyline from one of the games.

ManOfKrypton - 10/24/2012, 2:20 PM
@PaulRom - Thanks for the update buddy! :)
Avenged99 - 10/24/2012, 2:30 PM
so this should be like a 40 million dollar opening night at the box office.... wait I meant 40,000
Spectre94 - 10/24/2012, 2:34 PM
The last update they put out said it would be based on the first game in the trilogy. Wish they had an experienced writer, but at least the movie is getting made!
DrDoom - 10/24/2012, 2:35 PM
Mass Effect 3's ending.

Spock - 10/24/2012, 2:36 PM
I bet they will also have 3 different endings as well.
Spock - 10/24/2012, 2:37 PM
Channing Tatum for Shepard!
Spectre94 - 10/24/2012, 2:38 PM
Here is where they say it is still based on the games, so just fyi
Ha1frican - 10/24/2012, 2:38 PM
I say no to this for the same reason i say no to the idea of an Infamous movie. The whole point of these is the "choose your own adventure" factor of them, and theres no way that translates to film. Not to say it can't be a decent sci-fi film but why not choose a game that would be more suited to a linear format?
SimyJo - 10/24/2012, 2:42 PM
I think for the Mass Effect live action film cinema merchandising, they should do red green and blue, popcorn buckets, drinks and ice-cream packets, all in different sizes and with various different product descriptions.... and then when customers buy them they find out they are all the bloody same.

Genius marketing true to the core license!.

Additional; Casey Hudson urinal cakes in the cinema toilets and Mac Walters punchbag on the way out.

StarSpangledBruce - 10/24/2012, 2:43 PM
Oh shit....
sweetre15 - 10/24/2012, 2:49 PM
@batcavepwnsphonebooth: Let's hope the the creator of this article acknowledges the article you posted.
ironpool007 - 10/24/2012, 2:58 PM
Just please let it be good. Video game movies have a tendancy to be bad, and this is one that can not afford to suck.
VanCityKid - 10/24/2012, 3:03 PM
I know they're gonna go with default Broshep and my personal choice would be Logan Marshall Green but as a Femshep player, my pick for her would be Stana Katic.
MisterNiceGuy - 10/24/2012, 3:03 PM
This is such bullsit. Shepard has facial hair just like Bruce Wayne did in TDKR.. They are copying Nolans movies
Spidey91 - 10/24/2012, 3:09 PM
"it has previously been stated that Mass Effect will have an entirely original story, rather than adapting a storyline from one of the games"

may I ask...WHY? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? the story is alredy there,why come up with something different to the source material the fans know? I've never played Mass Effect (I would love to,thou),but still,that's stupid.

look at Resident Evil: tons of characters to use,the story was already there,and what do they do? create a new character and something completelly different to the games (the good ones at least).
Spectre94 - 10/24/2012, 3:26 PM
@sweetre15 I hope so too. its kind of important
ADomenick91092 - 10/24/2012, 4:02 PM
I'm happy they are creating an original story within the Mass Effect universe. There are too many variables to be able to adapt the story of the trilogy into film(s) properly.
sweetre15 - 10/24/2012, 4:13 PM
@ADomenick09102 and SPidey 91:

Please read this:

They are NOT creating an "original story" for the movie.
Tony93 - 10/24/2012, 4:48 PM
The first game was difficult for me.. I found myself straying off into planets and driving Thier rovers trying to look for something.. I was lost
superpooper - 10/24/2012, 5:04 PM
The game was cool, but a movie? Why? And it won't be about the story in the game? Then why call it mass effect? Everyone who hasn't played mass effect will give absolutely zero shits about Shepard or those hot blue tentacle thingy chicks and the lizard men and all that happy horseshit so why use the name at all? Just to piss off mass effect fans? I don't get it. Whatever.
Tainted87 - 10/24/2012, 5:32 PM
Hmmm I don't know, maybe it's for the better, having an original story.

Despite being extremely cinematic, and watching a movie more than playing a game, the first game in particular has a lot of things that just wouldn't make sense in a 2 hour movie.

First of all, Shepard traveling all through the Traverse not to find Saren, but to find what Saren is looking for. Sounds good, but consider how it would be executed.
*You take the Normandy to Therum to save Saren's partner's daughter from getting killed by the Geth. Okay, but after that, Liara doesn't do anything more but mind-meld with Shepard to help her (yes, her) understand the Prothean beacon visions. Sure she gets better in the next games, but ideally, she'd be dead weight in a movie.

*You go to Feros next and find a human colony on the wrong side of the Geth, and they aren't too eager to help you out. You dig through the colony's sponsors headquarters miles away to discover an indigenous lifeform is controlling everyone's minds. Saren wanted the Prothean "cipher" from the Thorian to understand the beacons, but also wanted to study the effects of mind control for personal reasons.

*You travel to Noveria to see what Liara's mother is up to, only to work your way around the red tape hindering your investigation. All the clues take you to an over-run lab on a frosty mountain peak, where scientists have unearthed the queen egg of a telepathic insect-like species previously thought to have been hunted to extinction over a thousand years ago. Benezia mind-raped her to extract the coordinates to the lost Mu Relay, where the "conduit" lies.

*The council sends you to Virmire, where a covert Salarian team has spotted Saren. Upon rendezvousing with the Salarians, you discover Saren has found a way to cure a sterility plague that a species of the galaxy's toughest, most aggressive warriors have been suffering from. Beneath that, you uncover another beacon, completing the set of coordinates to the Mu Relay. You also discover that Saren is being controlled by a sentient machine race - the Reapers, who have taken it upon themselves to exterminate nearly all life in the galaxy every 50,000 years. Your team plants a nuclear bomb at the facility and you confront Saren, who reasons that because the Reapers didn't wipe out all life, he could save lives by proving their use as slaves. Shepard and Saren go their separate ways and escape the blast, but one of Shepard's friends is killed in action.

That's pretty convoluted already, and you would have to make a lot of omissions just to preserve the basic idea of the story.

I mean why are the Rachni important? Because they were an enemy that the galaxy needed the Krogans to fight. Why are the Krogans important? Because after hunting the Rachni to extinction, they began to overpopulate the galaxy in a savage conquest. Why is the genophage important? Because it shows the "reward" the galaxy offered the Krogan for their salvation - all but dooming their own race to extinction.

Then there's the Quarians and the Geth. The Quarians created the Geth as a labor force ("Geth" means "servant" in Quarian), and then the Geth evolved into an artificial intelligence, occupying thousands of platforms. When the Geth demonstrated their intelligence, the Quarian government deemed it necessary to terminate them as a preemptive strike to prevent a full-scale war/rebellion. They failed, and the Geth drove the Quarians off their own homeworld to travel the stars as exiles, unable to settle planets due to Rannoch's unique lack of disease. Because their immune systems haven't had a challenge, Quarians must seal themselves off in environment suits to prevent any infection that could prove fatal.

How would you explain that in the movie?
Nighmarewalking117 - 10/24/2012, 5:37 PM
Does this mean: They want HALO too?
Tainted87 - 10/24/2012, 5:49 PM
By the way, that horizontal inversion is really bugging me, heh. We all know Garrus has the eye-piece on his left, and Shepard has the stripe on his right.
Spectre94 - 10/24/2012, 5:59 PM
@MisterNiceGuy You're an idiot. That picture of Shepard was from 2007, way before TDKR. Also, he doesn't really have facial hair. And lastly, when does a character having facial hair become a ripoff of Chris Nolan? Hate to break it to you, but facial hair has been around a lot longer than The Dark Knight Rises and Chris Nolan
NovemberGrey - 10/24/2012, 6:19 PM
Good luck with that. This will be another game-is-better-than-the-movie franchises.
GetsugaTensho22 - 10/24/2012, 6:50 PM
@Tainted87 : that is EXACTLY why the format would work as a TV series! The beauty of the games is the sense of adventure (the first one, which was an RPG), and you simple can't capture all of that cinematic weight in a finite, 2 hour movie.

Still though, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 can be covered into Seasons 2 and 3 the easiest, it's the first one that has a lot going on.
guywithanopinion - 10/24/2012, 7:10 PM
They better get Seth Green to play Joker. I mean there really is no reason not to, he's the comic relief and doesn't have to be the best actor. As far as Shepard goes they should go with Kit Harington from the new Silent Hill movie if he'd shave his hair off. I like Karl Urban as Shepard but after his Dredd stint studio's might be afraid of his crowd drawing ability. Jason Stratham is getting up there in age and I don't think he would try to change his accent for anybody.
SwingsetKnight - 10/24/2012, 7:27 PM
Huh. Well, I wouldn't want to adapt it. But I suppose that's why I'm not a Hollywood scriptwriter. Best of luck, should've gone with femshep.

But seriously, where's that Michael Fassbender/Assassin's Creed story going? If there's finally a "good" video game film in the works, that looks like the best bet right now...
MisterNiceGuy - 10/24/2012, 7:29 PM
@batcavepwnsphonebooth... im the idiot? really? think long and hard about what just happened then get back to me. you must be new here lol
Spectre94 - 10/24/2012, 7:41 PM
@MisterNiceGuy I've thought long and hard. Your comment makes absolutely no sense in this universe or any other possible universe. Unless you were deliberately saying something stupid, I don't see any logic in your comment
MisterNiceGuy - 10/24/2012, 8:05 PM
im mocking the idiots that claim everything (mostly marvel) is a copout of Nolan and or TDKR. have you not seen the comments on the Iron Man aticles? cant beleive you took me seriously but oh well.
sweetre15 - 10/24/2012, 10:29 PM
For the UMPTEENTH time, it's NOT going to be an original story, Read This: Please read this:
Viral - 10/24/2012, 10:53 PM
"Despite being an adaptation of the video games, it has previously been stated that Mass Effect will have an entirely original story, rather than adapting a storyline from one of the games."

This is not correct. It was later officially confirmed that the movie will depict the story that happens in the first game of the trilogy with male Shepard in the lead.
Protonite - 10/25/2012, 1:36 AM
One of my favorite game series, but I'm not interested in a supposed Mass Effect movie with an "entirely original story". It sounds like another Resident Evil movie "adaptation" that is a total embarrassment to the original RE games. [frick] Hollywood and it's "brilliant" ideas.
jj2112 - 10/25/2012, 1:53 AM
Wow, I'm currently playing the third one and I'm wondering how it will end, many people say the ending is terrible... But I want to see it before I download the extended ending. Anyway the game is great, but the galactic scale of the story needs a huge budget, not sure if they can pull it off. And I'd like to see Jane Shepard, not John...
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