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Mass Effect movie will be all about (male) Shepard

Wednesday, 21 September 2011 03:26 GMT By Jessica Citizen

In completely unsurprising news, Legendary Pictures has confirmed that yes, the Mass Effect movie will be all about Commander Shepard. It’s also (unfortunately) confirmed that the character in the starring role will be John, and not our beloved FemShep. That aside, it’s still good to have some news about the film adaptation, right?

Mass Effect - Commander Shepard

This all came about at this year’s Comic-Con. We knew the game tie-in would be in appearance at the con, but hadn’t heard much out of the appearance.

At the same time as BioWare’s Casey Hudson and scriptwriter Mark Protosevich took to the San Diego stage, gamers around the world started bombarding them – and Legendary Pictures – with questions via Twitter. Now, a little while later than anticipated, Legendary has posted a Q&A which includes a few highlights from the day.

…unfortunately, when we say “highlights”, we really mean “a bunch of negative replies”, but – again – it’s still good to hear something, isn’t it? (Yeah, that line’s getting old, sorry.)

The full Q&A is over on the Legendary Pictures blog (thanks to GameFront for the link), but we’ve summarised the good bits for you.

Seth Green will not play Joker, and there are no hints available at present for potential casting. The film adaptation will be a completely new story, not an adaptation of the first or second games (we’re assuming it’s not an adaptation of the third, either, nitpickers).

The studio also touches briefly on the idea of whether or not this may evolve into a trilogy (translated answer: Way too early to say), and observes that Legendary Pictures “love” Daft Punk.

Make of that what you will.

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37 Comments

  1. alterecho

    They shouldn’t have let this film adaptation in the first place IMO. Every player might have customized their characters and would associate memories of mass effect with that character. The film might ruin that world. It would for me, atleast.
    This and games like KOTR, Dragon Age, etc. Games like Halo are acceptable though.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Clupula

    Won’t be watching it. That’s not my character. It’s non-canon to me.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. wishdokta

    So you can’t choose male or female before watching.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Yoshi

    OMG SEXIST TRLOLOLOL
    :P

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Edo

    Get a decent director such as Neil Blomkamp or Duncan Jones….wait,scratch that,anyone but Uwe freaki’n Boll!!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Fin

    Jesus christ, why are people so attached to their in-game character. Fucking hell, it’s a movie about a game. Do you realise you won’t actually be controlling the character while you’re watching the movie?
    If it’ll ruin your memories of the game (please excuse me while I laugh in your face), don’t go see it.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    So it’ll not be based on the 3 games in anyway? So presumably its set AFTER Shepard saves the Earth and defeats the Reapers? How do you top that? “Shepard: The Retirement”?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @6: Well said.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    @6 That’s only a good point when you under think it. It’s like your mother is a prostitute at night but you don’t approve, she’s still your mother and does all the motherly things in the day but in the night she fucks people… would you be pleased with her career choice? I seriously doubt it. Mass Effect movie is like Shephard fucking people at night. (lol)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @9: I guess that is what people call “Brainfart”.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Fin

    @9

    If you’re comparing a videogame character that doesn’t exist to your mother, you might need to take a break from games, go out and enjoy the world.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Clupula

    @9 Are you speaking from personal experience?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. joshua nash

    okay let me start by saying that what Jessica Citizen said really pisses me off, cause i fucking hate ME fans who bad mouth male-shep or make feel as if thy are bad mouthing male-shep, i like playing as male-shep, put every time some fan spouts “our beloved femshep” it really fucking pisses me off, it makes me feel like my choice in what gender i chose to have my shep is some how wrong, it also makes me think that all femshep fans are fucking snobs, which i know they are not, would like for people to just stop with the fanatical almost cultish worship of femshep, it really big put off feeling like male-shep isn’t respected

    anyway rant aside i have hated the idea of a movie based on the games being made strictly cause the fans have their own cannons and this movie will make everyone who has played the games mad

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    I’m gonna start the betting on Sam Worthington as Shepard :)

    #14 4 years ago
  15. StolenGlory

    @14

    And Jason Statham as Zaeed :D

    #15 4 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    @14: He definitely looks the part and Hollywood has proven time and time again how uncreative they usually are when it comes to casting.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Aimless

    Having the story be about either gendered Shepard seems really uninspired. They quite literally have an entire universe to play with, and yet they gravitate towards the one choice that will end up contradicting people’s experiences with the games?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Fin

    Oh noes, something will happen in the movie that isn’t in the game??? Shit, cancel the project right now!

    God ye’ll complain about anything won’t ye.

    Also, I would pay good money to see Jason Statham as Shepard. Some man for one man.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. YoungZer0

    @18: Jason Statham? Are you serious?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. StolenGlory

    @19

    I think a shaven headed Ryan Gosling could make a decent Shepard too actually.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    A blued up Scarlett Johanson for Liana
    Michelle Rodriguez for Ashley
    Hugo Weaving for Garrus
    Ron Perlman for Wrex

    I’ll let someone else finish this off :)

    #21 4 years ago
  22. StolenGlory

    @21

    Good start!

    Hugo Weaving could actually be Saren just as easily too :)

    EDIT: Except I realised that they would be going with an original story =/ Bah.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Yoshi

    I’d say it was a fair comparison, fans love Shepard, sons/daughters love their mothers :)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. fearmonkey

    @21 – Vinnie jones as Saeed (Richard Burgi maybe?)
    Elias Toufexis as Shepard
    I don’t see why Seth couldn’t be joker, it makes sense, the actor was modeled off of him.
    Michelle Boback as the matriarch or as Liana
    rosanne barr as the thorian……

    #24 4 years ago
  25. LOLshock94

    they should do the movie on how shepard lost all his team members againest giant worm thing

    @21 that is a really good cast, the best ive seen i really like it but i aint to sure about Scarlett Johansson being liara.
    i reakon either Mary Elizabeth Winstead or Rachael Taylor should be liara
    i think gerard butler would be a good shepard and Olivia Wildem should be tali

    #25 4 years ago
  26. someguy

    How about Logan Marshall-Greene as Shepard? He hasn’t been in too many big movies (all that comes to mind is devil, and Prometheus). In Prometheus I thought he looked a lot like default Shepard. Plus he did a good job acting

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Kabby

    We’ll bang, ok?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. someguy

    Yea ok that’s cool but the important thing is that we all should agree that Marshall-green should be shepard

    #28 2 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    Mass Effect is essentially a massive conglomeration of elements from popular sci-fi and fantasy tv, film and literature over the last century, if they’re making a “new” story it’ll probably end up being shit.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. DSB

    @30 Quoted for truth.

    I also think that Hollywood and videogames have some kind of subtle rivalry. A Hollywood team adapting a videogame will probably have an urge to flex their muscles and show the nerds how it’s done in their neck of the woods.

    Giving them unlimited creative license will definitely make it something else entirely. The same thing happens with books and tv series. Unless you respect the source, you end up with something that’s “inspired by..” rather than “true to..”

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dragon246

    Unfortunately you cant have multiple playthroughs in movies, so this was expected. But bashing this without seeing anything of it doesn’t make sense.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Clupula

    It’s still fucking ridiculous that in a game that’s all about choices, they couldn’t have taken the smart route and done something in the universe, that adds to the canon, instead of doing this shit with the movie. I won’t even see this.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight

    @all those that necroed this post

    You do realize this movie has shifted multipled writer and directors multiple times.

    Really I would say the movie is in some form of development hell.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Sylrissa

    This movie may never even see the light of day at this rate, and I wouldn’t shed a tear either.

    But I do agree with Clupula, they could of done something that added to the lore, (first contact war etc) instead of having to make a shepard movie.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. someguy

    Yea its funny they acted like it was a definite go, then boom. Writers start to change and I haven’t heard or seen anything since early 2012. But, if they ever did get their shirt together and made it, I think they could pull off a movie based on the game. Of course we would all have to accept that it isn’t “our Shepard”. It would be a different version, after all we all did certain things that others did different. as example, I romanced liara as a male Shepard, and kept the romance till the end, but other people might have picked Ashley, they also probably had another romance in the second game, so if the movie was ever actually created, and they chosed to go with Ashley over liara I would accept that because its the studios Shepard, not mine. My experience with my Shepard will not be dampened because someone else, or Hollywood went a different route. I think more people should be that open minded about it, however, it still better stay true to the game. We dont need any of that super Mario bros. Shit happening to mass effect

    #35 2 years ago
  36. YoungZer0

    @26:

    http://youtu.be/kfIMy-ebZRk

    #36 2 years ago
  37. someguy

    I dont get why I was supposed to watch that video haha @37

    #37 2 years ago

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    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]