Avi and Ari Arad will join forces with Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni of Legendary Pictures to bring the popular "Mass Effect" series of videogames to life as a bigscreen franchise, according to an exclusive report from Borys Kit at the Heat Vision blog.
So far, the video game movie has proven to be nearly impossible to crack for some reason. It seems like any number of games have provided rich and interesting source material so far, but none of the films adapted from these games have worked.
Is it inherently impossible to adapt a game into a successful film? And I don't mean monetarily... I mean creatively. I don't think anything is impossible creatively, but it's amazing how much it's vexed producers, writers, and directors so far.
Right now, Avi and Ari Arad are betting big on the video-game-to-movie model, and they're attaching themselves to a number of different properties like "Uncharted" and this one, big marquee titles in the video game world. Legendary is building their brand by betting big and betting geek, and they're a major part of what looks like this summer's film to beat, "Inception." I have a PS3, not an XBOX 360, so I haven't played the "Mass Effect" games. I've seen friends lose weeks to them, though, and they've preached the gospel of "Mass Effect" to me afterwards. Here's the description of the game from the official website for the first one: