In 2010, the rights to the Mass Effect film were picked up by Legendary Pictures, the Batman Begins studio, with Warner Bros. That film never came out and he recently spoke with Mac Walters, director of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition project. Business Insider about what happened behind the scenes.
“It seemed like we were always fighting intellectual property,” Walters said. "What story will we tell in 90 or 120 minutes? Will we do him justice?" In 2011, Legendary Pictures was restructured to focus on television and the producers decided to start over. "But then he didn't recover afterwards, not for lack of attempts," Walters said.
In one Comic-Con movie board, Legendary Pictures had confirmed that the film would deal with the events of the first game and would follow a male version of Shepard. Which doesn't seem like the most exciting angle to take with the setting, so maybe we dodged a bullet.
Walters said he thought a TV series would fit Mass Effect. "If you want to tell a story as stark as 'Mass Effect,' the way to do it is television. There's a natural way to fit in with the episodic content." And it’s possible that one day we’ll get a TV series, considering how many video game adaptations Netflix produces. There is even a possibility that Henry Cavill is involved in a "secret project" related to Mass Effect.
Walters went on to explain how writing Mass Effect was a lot like writing a TV show. “When we build a‘ Mass Effect ’game, we have a backbone or an overall story that we want to tell, but each level or mission is like its own TV episode,” he said. "It's not written ahead of time. It's written the moment we get there. So it's added to the main story, and sometimes the main story adjusts because we did something very interesting in this & # 39; episode & # 39 ;. "
Legendary Pictures eventually returned to film production and was responsible for several video game adaptations: Warcraft, two Dead Rising films, and Detective Pikachu.