Oscar time is here and by the time you read this the award ceremony will have ended and everyone in Hollywood will have been judged because of their tailor or designer. Last week I gave my opinion on why movies based on video games don’t work. To sum it up, the fault lies with Mark Wahlberg. I’m just kidding. Actually, I felt that Hollywood tried too hard to change the games and if they would just respect the source material, the movies would turn out better than mediocre. So, with that said, I thought I’d take a stab at setting up a video game for the big screen. With the third game in the series out in less than two weeks, I figured it would be appropriate to try and turn Mass Effect into a movie.
First, I’ll start with the story. If there was only going to be one film, it would have to be somewhat longer than if the story was split into multiple movies. I would actually keep most of the game story since it is on par with any good sci-fi flick. The movie wouldn’t start on Eden Prime where the first game starts, but with a brief glimpse into Commander Shepard’s background. There are a lot of side things that can be avoided and should be for the sake of time and budgeting. Saren, Cerberus and the Reapers would all still be relevant. Again, the core story is there. It would be just a matter of excavating the important bits.
I would want to keep J.J. Abrams and George Lucas far away from this project. They are brilliant directors, but they also have ties to other big sci-fi properties. I don’t know exactly who I would want to direct a Mass Effect film. What I would require is that they play the games and even read the books (the ones written by Drew Karpyshyn, not the newest one). I would also ask that they keep consultants from the game’s developer, BioWare, on staff to make sure they are staying true to the games. Again, this is important. If the movie can’t stay true to the game, then don’t give them the same name.
Now, for the most important (and completely subjective) part: casting. The cast needs to be awesome. One thing I will concede is that the voices will not sound right to anyone who has played the games numerous times. But, voice actors aren’t necessarily good physical actors. So, what I am going to do is give my list of people who I think would make a good cast.
Laurence Fishburne should star as Captain Anderson. Morpheus needs no explanation.
I would go with Jon Huertas from the television show Castle as Kaiden.
The Illusive Man can and should be played by Martin Sheen.
I also thought that Kate Beckinsale would make a good Miranda.
I picked Aldis Hodge from the television show Leverage as Jacob.
We thought that maybe Beau Garret from Tron: Legacy would
The Mass Effect games have a great number of characters. I was able to figure out the most of the main ones. If I left someone off the list, it was either because I couldn’t really think of anyone to play them or I thought they should just be a CGI character with a voice actor (such as Wrex). I definitely wouldn’t condone an actual film being done. Mass Effect’s primary appeal is letting the player customize their Shepard and basically choose the way they want to play. But, if a movie were to be made, this is how I’d like to see it done. Let me know what you think of my cast. Who works? Who doesn’t? Who do you think should be in the film?
Just In Bailey –an homage to the secret code from Metriod, which allowed you to play as Samus Aran without her suit– is an editorial column at Vagary.TV brought to you by Joey Alesia. Each week Joey will challenge you to look at a different perspective of the characters, gameplay, and/or plot in your favorite games. Chat up your thoughts below, or send Joey an e-mail at Joey.Alesia@vagary.tv and remember to follow him on Twitter @wrkngclsswrtr