Mass Effect is a very popular franchise, so it's no surprise that Hollywood was interested in it. For many years there was a lot of talk about the planned movie adaptations. The first attempt was made by Legendary Pictures, and the second by Universal Pictures. Now we found out why nothing came of them in the end.
Mac Walters, who led the team responsible for Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, gave an interview to Bussiness Insider, in which the question of screen adaptation was raised. As he explains, Legendary Pictures was originally working on a movie adaptation, but after a change of leadership at the studio, the new owners decided that the project was better suited for a television series. So the producers started from scratch, but ultimately the production was never completed. Further attempts were made, but they too failed.
Walters believes, that it's only a matter of time before Mass Effect gets an adaptation. He also believes that the franchise will work much better as a TV series, as the story is too extensive for a movie. He also revealed that the studio is regularly contacted by people from the cinema and television industry, asking about the adaptation.
Walters' optimism is not unfounded. Hollywood has been making attempts at adapting video games for a few decades now, but in recent years the trend has clearly accelerated. A few months ago, the Mortal Kombat movie debuted, and The Division, among others, is also planned. Above all, there are works on TV adaptations of such brands as Halo, Assassin's Creed, The Last of Us, Resident Evil or Fallout.
Mass Effect is currently on a roll, thanks to the successful release of the Legendary Edition and the upcoming new installment of the series. So it seems likely that soon someone will make another attempt to adapt the franchise.
- Mass Effect - official website