A Mass Effect TV show seems to be in discussions at Amazon Studios, according to a recent report from Deadline. BioWare, who developed the popular RPG franchise, attempted to turn Mass Effect into a movie ten years ago, but it looks like they’re now settling on making it a TV show instead.
Deadline reports that Amazon Studios is “nearing a deal” to turn Mass Effect into a TV show. Since it’s still in its very early days, nothing is confirmed at this stage. However, Amazon have been racking up geek properties lately, which includes a Fallout TV show from Westworld‘s producers as well as the upcoming Lord of the Rings series.
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. originally greenlit a Mass Effect movie in 2010 with Thor screenwriter Mark Protosevich attached to the project. However, when the writer left the movie, all plans were put on hold for a big-screen adaptation. A decade later, and it looks like studios are ready to snatch up Mass Effect to turn it into a television series. Amazon currently leads the charge, though it’s unknown if other studios are in discussions.
BioWare’s Mac Walters stated in June this year that he’d rather see Mass Effect as a TV series instead of a movie:
“If you’re going to tell a story that’s as fleshed out as Mass Effect, TV is the way to do it. There’s a natural way it fits well with episodic content.”
He’s not wrong, as Mass Effect‘s massive scope, universe and stories would fare better as a fleshed out television series with multiple seasons than a compressed movie. Over the course of Commander Shepard’s saga, plenty of events occurred that would be tricky to adapt into a movie. Furthermore, Mass Effect 2‘s loyalty missions would work splendidly if each character is given a lengthy television episode to explore their backstories.
We recommend keeping your expectations in check as this deal with Amazon isn’t entirely confirmed yet, but given the franchise’s explosive popularity, we wouldn’t be surprised if it does happen. Meanwhile, BioWare are currently hard at work on Dragon Age 4 and the early development of the next Mass Effect game.