Legendary Pictures is still slowly but surly developing a big screen adaptation of Electronic Arts and BioWare's Mass Effect franchise. They just hired writer Morgan Davis Foehl to take a crack at the script that was previously worked on by Thor scribe Mark Protosevich.
None of the scripts written by Foehl have been produced so I have no idea if he's a good writer or not. He previously worked as an assistant editor on the TV show Rescue Me and the Adam Sandler film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. One of the scripts he wrote, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, landed on 2009's Black List. He also wrote an adaptation of the Top Cow comicbook Crosshair for Summit.
According to Variety he's a big Mass Effect fan, "and has also penned action pics with a strong espionage bent, material similar to the overall plot of the Mass Effect games." This is obviously the biggest project he's taken on.
The first game takes place in 2183 and revolves around a human space commander who leads a team on a mission to defeat an ancient race of mechanized aliens that invade the galaxy every 50,000 years, wiping out all forms of organic life.
Avi and Ari Arad are producing the movie through their Arad Prods shingle. BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will serve as exec producers, as will Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson. Arad is also working on a few other video game adaptations such as Uncharted, Twisted Metal, Infamous and Metal Gear Solid.
Mass Effect has potential to be an incredibly badass sci-fi movie, and I hope to hell they get it right.
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