Avi Arad Develops Mass Effect Film

Marvel Studios ex-CEO Avi Arad has optioned the movie rights to Bioware’s 2007 hit game “Mass Effect” reports Variety.

The acclaimed ‘space opera’ game, released exclusively on the Xbox 360 console and later the PC last year, is set in the year 2183. The player assumes the role of an elite human soldier named Commander Shepherd set out to explore the Galaxy on the starship SSV Normandy.

Mixing RPG, first-person shooter and cinematic cut segments, the story follows the crew’s attempt to capture an elite alien ‘Spectre’ soldier gone rogue. This soon leads to uncovering conspiracy plans by an ancient alien race to return to the galaxy and wipeout all sentient civilization.

Arad, who turned Marvel around from a failing company to a cinematic powerhouse with the likes of the “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” franchises, now seems to be fixing on video game adaptations with ‘Effect’ and “Lost Planet” in the works.

No word on the schedule but the film’s release will likely co-incide with the release of the second or third installment in the planned trilogy of ‘Effect’ games.