Legendary Pictures, who own the properties to bring Mass Effect to the big screen, are opting to not move forward with the project until they believe it do the franchise justice. Speaking to IGN on March 21, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull discussed how the studio plans to take their time in order to get the Mass Effect movie right.
The upcoming film project based upon Bioware’s epic sci-fi series already had a completed script which Legendary decided to turn down last year. It was commented that the studio doesn’t have to make the movie for the simple act of getting content out on the market and so they would rather take their time properly create the film. “We’re not going to screw up Commander Shepard,” Tull stated after being asked why they aren’t going forward with the project at this time.
I'm a huge Mass Effect fan. I play. I'm personally a fan of all these different things, and we don't to screw them up, so that's the way we go into these. The bar is very high, and that's just our approach.
It was also revealed by the CEO that a Mass Effect move is more challenging than the World of Warcraft film that Legendary Pictures is currently creating. Tull noted the deeper lore of the Bioware franchise makes it harder to delve into, providing the following statement on the difficulties of adapting Mass Effect over Blizzard’s MMO.
Yeah, I think the canon they've created is sophisticated. It's very broad, meaning you can't pitch that in 30 seconds, right? It's a complex story. So it is challenging.
Bioware is currently developing the fourth installment of the Mass Effect franchise. The game will follow a new protagonist as Commander Shepard’s narrative ended with Mass Effect 3.