It’s definitely becoming more common as the years go by: large movie companies buying the rights to create big-screen adaptations of videogames. It’s no surprise, really. Us gamers have known for years the quality of storytelling you can find certain games. It’s just a real pity that most game-to-movie transitions aren’t taken quite as seriously as other cerebral films when many games have very in-depth, thought-provoking storylines. They get the money thrown at them, sure, but the stories are often altered and, dare I say, dumbed-down.
We’re all waiting for the day when a game movie comes along with a story that does justice to the source material, and maybe that time is nigh. Mass Effect is definitely one of the most mentally engaging storylines in recent gaming, and the rights to the movie version have recently been bought by Legendary Pictures. Also currently in talks about producing the film are writer Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend), producers Avi and Ari Arad, and Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni. Could be interesting to see if anything comes of it and how it turns out.