MASS EFFECT finds a new screenwriter

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Assassin’s Creed ain’t the only video game property that’s finally shifting into production gear, y’know? There happens to be another franchise out there, loved by gamers, and just ripe for a big screen adaptation, in the form of Mass Effect.

It’s been languishing in purgatory for a few years now, but with the third game having been released earlier this year, wrapping up a trilogy, the time might finally be right to start moving towards the big screen.

Screenwriter Morgan Davis Foehl is the first such salvo fired at getting the film up and running again, as he’ll be taking a crack at the script. A big fan of the franchise, Foehl has yet to actually see one of his scripts produced, even though his work on Alien Sleeper Cell managed to find its way into the 2009 black list.

Foehl has also worked in television, such as the TV show Rescue Me, and several Happy Madison productions. Obviously the executives behind Mass Effect must like his take on the franchise then, as Variety reported that the “producers sparked to Foehl’s take on the project, given that he is a Mass Effect fan, but also has penned action pics with a strong espionage bent, something that factors into the overall plot of the Mass Effect games.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the games, Mass Effect takes place in the year 22nd century, in an age where mankind struggles to be accepted by the various alien races in our galaxy, while also discovering that a cosmic scourge is preparing to destroy all advanced sentient life in the cosmos, as part of a perpetual 50 000 year cycle.

Caught up in all of this is Commander Shepard, whose leadership and unconventional tactics may make him/her the last hope of the galaxy. Marvel films producer Avi Arad has been toiling away at the project ever since he acquired the rights to it in 2008, with production company Legendary Films being tasked with creating the universe of Mass Effect.

Last Updated: October 25, 2012

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