‘Mass Effect’ Movie Will Not Follow the Game Story

A Legendary Pictures blog post also reveals that Seth Green will not portray the Joker character he voiced in the video game.

Legendary Pictures says the Mass Effect movie will have a brand new story
Legendary Pictures says the Mass Effect movie will have a brand new story
During Comic-Con 2011, Legendary Pictures held their first panel, where they discussed upcoming projects such as the video game adaptation Mass Effect and Pacific Rim. The studio asked fans to tweet questions for the panelists and, due to time constraints, many of the fan questions went unanswered. Legendary Pictures posted answers to some of these unanswered questions back in August, which indicates the Mass Effect movie will follow a completely different story line that what's laid out in the game. Take a look at these questions and answers about Mass Effect below, which includes news that Seth Green, who voiced the Joker in the video game, will not be a part of the movie.

"Will it just be an adaptation of the first game, second game, or a completely new story?

It will be a completely new story

How are you going to address the element of 'choice' that the players have in the game?

A movie narrative is different than gameplay. There won't be a choice aspect to this film, just a normal film narrative.

Will it be a trilogy?

We are really focused on making this a great movie, so we'll see where it takes us. We have to get the first one right to know whether there will be more.

Will Seth Green portray Joker (that character he voiced in the game?)


Will the movie be focused on Shepard?


If the movie is focused on Shepard, will it be the male Shepard or the female Shepard?


Can you give any hints to potential casting?

No. Stay tuned.

Will BioWare allow plot/character changes?

Yes, we are working closely with BioWare on the development of this project.

Would you consider Daft Punk to do the soundtrack?

We love Daft Punk, but it's too early to say who will produce the soundtrack."

Mass Effect comes to theaters in 2016.

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Comments (28)

  1. RyanMoran

    i just hope they dont ruined the movie i like mass effect videogames i just think there is too much talking in them personally

    4 years agoby @RyanMoranMitaFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    @dan1 I don't doubt it. I never even played this game and I'm turned off by this news.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. Lucas

    No Joker ?? Different story ?? FAIL FAIL FAIL!!

    4 years agoby @Lucas-14702111Flag

  4. Killpack

    This is why there will never be a video game adapted movie that kicks ass because they can't stick to the story line , they just have to change it and tweak it , even though millions of fans say nay! Until a movie company comes along and makes a video game movie without changing major plot themes there will never be a good video game movie adaptation

    4 years agoby @killpackFlag

  5. Killpack

    God why can't they just make mass effect based on the game , it already has a brilliant story line uggghhhh kill me now!!!!!!!!!!!! damn you hollywood !

    4 years agoby @killpackFlag

  6. SomethingMore

    Uh...Okay! I want see Gears of War and Spec ops the line becoming a MOVIE

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jayaottley I would buy the Xbox just for Gears. Gears is impressive. Bioshock was a surprise

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Jay.A.Ottley

    @bawnian-dexeus Resistance is pretty amazing, amped for part 3, but i'm an xbox lover so Gears, bioshock, Mass Effect & Halo are my loves......But MGS is amazing

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  9. Jay.A.Ottley

    that comment did not stand for complicated game franchises, btw.

    My opinion Gears and halo are easy to adapt to the big screen

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jayaottley Yup. Resistance is a movie I;d like to see. That's my halo

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Jay.A.Ottley

    @bawnian-dexeus Agreed, and yet these games are fairly simple and easy to adapt, its not like your adapting Metal Gear Solid or something,.

    Its just that Hollywood likes to complicate things by spectrovating them to the widest auidence possible, when the original source already performed that goal

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @jayaottley It's news like this that cripple any expectations for Halo or GEars

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. ejk1

    @SpaceCowboy No, which is part of why they usually suck compared to the game.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Jay.A.Ottley

    @dan1 I'll know your friend's feelings man, i'm devastated by this news, hence why i'm no longer interested in it, i'll enter with 0 expectation and probably leave with the same feeling

    4 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  15. SpaceCowboy

    Do they ever follow the game story anyway?

    4 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  16. Dan

    @thedude-abides Sigh, yes. I know a certain friend of mine who will be severely let down by this when I tell him.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Don't play XBox, but would be fun to see it. But I agree with you @thedude-abides

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Summit10

    games to films never got off anyway!

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  19. Replicant

    "How are you going to address the element of 'choice' that the players have in the game?". Stupidest question ever.

    I'm still looking forward to playing the games (haven't played any yet) but from what I hear the story is amazing, why change it? Hollywood, thats why.

    4 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  20. ROFLitschristian

    Haven't played Mass Effect but isn't that what makes the game so popular? The characters and the story?

    4 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  21. ejk1

    Had no expectations for this. Still don't.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. the MovieGhost

    Already read this. Just don't f*ck this Series up!

    4 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  23. Etzel Calderon

    And tha's why the movie will suck. When are gonna to learn this non-evolution monkey's. xD

    4 years agoby @Etzel-CalderonFlag

  24. K.Guy

    Now... the fans... are pissed.

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  25. Josh

    This is one game that could really benefit from sticking close to the game's storyline. I'm curious to see where they'll go, but I really hope it captures the cinematic nature of the games. When playing Mass Effect, there were so many moments when I thought, this scene would be amazing in a movie.

    I also wish they were doing a female Shephard.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  26. thedude-abides

    Surprise, surprise. Another video game adaptation that will deviate from the original story which made it a success to begin with. When novels are adapted into movies, the goal 99% of the time is to make the film as true to the novel as possible. With video games, it seems the general consensus is to do just the opposite. A few years ago, I heard the original Gears of War writer was debating on even having Marcus and Dom in the movie. If that's not out of touch with the material, I don't know what is. This, it seems, will be no different. BEYOND EPIC FAIL.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  27. Playhouse

    I get the idea behind this and I don't necessarily disagree with it outright. The story was one of the most engaging aspects of the first game, though, and it seems a shame to jettison that.

    4 years agoby @playhouseFlag

  28. skywise

    I hate that Green wont be playing Joker but i am open to a new adventure concerning Sheapard. The games are great the way the are, if i want that story i will play the games. I hope this is really moving forward.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

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