With the release of Mass Effect Andromeda looming ever larger on the horizon, my mind has been pulled back into the orbit of EA’s most robust sci-fi setting, and I find myself wondering whatever happened to the long rumoured Mass Effect movie project. But before investigating its current status, I embarked down the long, troubled road that development of the film has traveled. 

The film rights for Mass Effect were first optioned way back in 2008 by producer Avi Arad, the former chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Marvel Studios who left the comic giant to launch his own production studio in 2006. Arad has been tied to other upcoming film adaptations of video game properties, including takes on Uncharted, Infamous, Metal Gear Solid, and Borderlands but as yet, his only credit for a produced video game project is on three seasons of the animated series Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. 

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