While I can understand why Bioware have agreed to a movie deal, shedloads of cash presumably being involved (and hey worst comes to the worst we get a crappy movie but better games thanks to the money that Bioware got from selling the rights for the movie which they can invest in their games) Iâ€™m not hopeful in any way about this movie.
Mass Effect is a 30 hours game at least, as is Mass Effect 2. How the hell are you supposed to cut down the story from that to a 2 hour movie? Yes a lot of the game was driving round planets in the Mako and side quests, but there will still many hours of main story. Besides some of that side quest stuff is pretty important, Cerberus is set up in Mass Effect, you remove them from the story then suddenly you have these mysterious group pop out from nowhere in the sequel. Also I imagine just about every single character will lose characterisation due to time restraints, and say goodbye to characters like Dr Chakwas. I think even if you went cutting out every extraneous part of the story your left with enough story to make 3 movies at least from the one game. Look at the plot, you go from Eden Prime to the Citadel, to Feros, the planet where you pick up Liara, Virmire, Noveria, Ilos and back to the Citadel. Good luck trying to fit all that into one film.
There will also be the awkward fact that there is no set canon in the Mass Effect universe. In fact thereâ€™s a good chance that whatever the plot of the movie, it will not resemble the plot of the game I played in any way. When Shepard can be male or female, can have a number of different backgrounds, characters and whole races can live or die, to be honest the plot would be an absolute nightmare to adapt.
In all honesty I wonder whether anything will come of this, weâ€™ve heard rumours about a Mass Effect movie before, but the shear difficulty in adapting the plot and in filming the movie (lets be honest theyâ€™ll have to throw Avatar levels of money at it to make it work and have stuff like numerous cgi characters)makes me wonder whether this will ever see the light of day. If that does happen I must admit I will not be upset.
To contiue my rant