EXCLUSIVE: There’s ‘A Tremendous Amount Of Interest’ In Developing A ‘Mass Effect’ Film

Today I had the privilege of speaking with BioWare’s Casey Hudson, project director on “Mass Effect 2,” which hits stores next week. While the interview was mostly focused on the coming game’s release, we also touched on what the plans are moving forward. On the game side of things, it’s already well-known: next week’s sequel is the second in a planned trilogy, telling the story of the human hero Commander Shepard and his efforts to save the galaxy from a malevolent force.

As anyone who’s played the first game knows, the universe in “Mass Effect” is an extremely well-developed one, a setting ripe for multimedia exploitation. There are already books and a Dark Horse comic book line. Since movies are my beat, I had to ask Hudson if there are any plans to bring BioWare’s unique sci-fi universe to screens large or small.

“Obviously we have a tremendous amount of interest from people in Hollywood to make a major motion picture about ’Mass Effect,'” he said. “The most important thing for us is, we don’t just want to see a movie get made. We want to see a great movie get made, if it’s going to get done at all.”

Fair enough. It sounds like there’s definitely interest internally — and there should be, given the depth of the “Mass Effect” setting — but time is on BioWare’s side. So why not wait until the right idea comes along?

For those who don’t know, the series presents us with a human race that has evolved into an era of space travel. In the first game, humans were relative newcomers in the galactic community, a minority species in many ways. The events of that first game changed everything however, and the game’s sequel opens with humanity in a position of greater power.

Through it all is our story’s hero, Commander Shepard, who somehow manages to cut through all of the political BS and save the universe. That’s really what makes a good hero, you know: the ability to ignore the politics and see the big picture for what it is.

Hudson explained that BioWare remains open to the idea of “Mass Effect” getting the big screen treatment, but there’s no rush. “We’re just looking at our options there, but waiting to make sure we have something really right before we do it.”

This is all very early-stage, casual chatter of course. Whether or not a film adaptation will happen remains unknown. Some probably think it’s obvious too that the game studio would be considering a leap into film. Always nice to hear it from the source though, right?

What would you like to see in a “Mass Effect” movie? Do you think this is something that could/should happen? What do you think of the games?