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‘Mass Effect’ Movie Pushes Ahead With New Writer

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‘Mass Effect 3,’ the immensely popular third installment of the video game series, sold about 1.3 million copies across all gaming platforms within its first month and quickly became the year’s bestselling video game. So it only makes sense that Legendary Entertainment would want to adapt this hit video game for the big screen. The studio first picked up the rights to the project back in 2008, but now they’re finally moving forward with it, having picked up a new writer to pen the script.

The number of movie adaptations of video games are reaching immense highs — while ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D‘ hits theaters this weekend, news of ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Need For Speed‘ and ‘God of War‘ flicks are getting us pumped for the future. And while we’d like to see ‘Bioshock‘ become the next hit video game-adapted film, it looks like that project is on a (permanent) halt.

But that’s all well and good because, according to Variety, the ‘Mass Effect’ movie is moving forward with writer Morgan Davis Foehl, former assistant editor on FX’s ‘Rescue Me’ and self-proclaimed ‘Mass Effect’ fan. Originally, ‘Thor‘ and ‘I Am Legend’ writer Mark Protosevich was onboard, having already worked on a script when the news was first announced, but the studio responded better to Foehl’s previous work with espionage-slanted projects.

The first game in the ‘Mass Effect’ series takes place in the year 2183 and follows a human space commander trying to defeat mechanized invader aliens who come to the galaxy every 50,000 years, wiping out all forms of life in the process. But will the film tackle this particular story line?

The ‘Mass Effect’ team also consists of producers Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, and Avi and Ari Arad, as well as ‘Bioshock’ co-founders and executive producers Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk.

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