A Mass Effect film was announced in 2010 with Legendary set to produce and Warner Bros. on board to distribute the project based on BioWare’s RPG series. One of the hired writers, Thor’s Mark Protosevich, eventually dropped out, and the project never got off the ground. Mac Walters, a BioWare veteran who has been with the studio for 17 years and was a writer on the original game, explained in a recent interview why the film stalled.
He told Insider, “It felt like we were always fighting the IP. What story are we going to tell in 90 to 120 minutes? Are we going to do it justice?”
Walters also mentioned that, as a result of a leadership change at Legendary, the movie studio was looking to focus more on TV. The producers then decided to restart Mass Effect, but it never worked out.
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