Mass Effect film out in 2016 -- rumor

The upcoming movie adaptation of Mass Effect could be on its way to cinemas in late 2016, according to a tantalizing tidbit from Universal Studios.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio confirmed plans to release a “secret” film on November 4, 2016.

But why could this be Mass Effect, you ask? Well, there’s a few reasons why it’s a possibility. First up, the article states that the movie is not a sequel/remake, and “may be based on underlying intellectual property.”

Furthermore, Legendary Pictures is co-financing the mystery project, which is the same company behind the planned Warcraft film directed by Duncan Jones. They also happen to own the movie rights to Mass Effect.

So, nothing is set in stone as of yet, but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.

The Mass Effect film was first announced four years ago, with BioWare later confirming that the film would feature male Shepard in the lead role. Not much else is known about the flick, though Casey Hudson, the Producer behind the Mass Effect series, teased it would be “really special.”

Meanwhile, over on the video game front, BioWare is busy working on the next chapter in the critically acclaimed series, tentatively titled Mass Effect 4. Right now though, the project is shrouded in mystery, and we don't even know if it will take the form of a prequel or a sequel.

Apparently though, the game is roughly in the 'middle stages of development,' and won't feature Commander Shepard in any shape or form. The sequel is also in a playable state.

If that wasn't enough, BioWare may be prepping a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of its Mass Effect Trilogy, previously released for current-generation consoles in late 2012.

What would you like to see from the Mass Effect movie? Do you think it’s doomed like most other game - film adaptations? Or do you think it has a shot at doing the sci-fi RPG franchise justice?

Drop us a comment below.

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