'Mass Effect' Game Optioned for Film

Mass_Effect_posterTHR’s HeatVision Blog reports that the popular video game Mass Effect has been optioned as a feature film by Legendary Pictures (THE DARK KNIGHT).
Mark Prorosevich (I AM LEGEND) is said to be in talks to write the screenplay.

Former Marvel Entertainment head Avi Arad and Ari Arad are on the project as producers, along with Legendary’s Thomas Tull (WATCHMEN) and Jon Jashni (JONAH HEX).
Mass Effect is a science fiction combat role-playing game from BioWare and Electronic Arts which came out in 2008.
The “Mass Effect” of the title refers to the ability of individuals to tap into and manipulate “Dark Energy”, either naturally or with the aid of cybernetic constructs.
Set in 2183, it centers on Commander Shepard, a character that can be customized and played as either male (John) or female (Jane). He/She commands the starship Normandy, and recruits allies, human and alien, along the way to combat the galactic menace of The Reapers.
From what I understand of the game, the above is a great simplification of the plotline. It may well be that that one of the challenges of the writer will be picking and choosing what elements of the epic scenario to use.
(And I’m sure fans of the game hope it will indeed hew true to the established mythos—not always the case in these game to movie adaptations.)
A sequel, Mass Effect 2 was released in January of this year.

Trailer Online for Resident Evil: Afterlife

Hot on the heels of the stills released last week Sony released a full trailer for the latest in it’s series of video game adaptations, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, yesterday. The trailer, first screened at WonderCon, starts out with the usual post-apocalyptic establishing shots but soon kicks out the standard Jovovich action scenes fans have come to expect.
More than this though, the trailer seems to go to great lengths to advertise the fact that this latest instalment was shot with Cameron’s patented 3D cameras. Over. And over. Again. Nothing in the trailer convinces me that AFTERLIFE will be any better than the previous films and it even looks like it can add THE MATRIX to the list of films it’s stolen from.
RESIDENT EVIL:AFTERLIFE is set for release on the 10th of September later his year. What do you think, does this trailer impress you or could you care less?

New Stills from Resident Evil: Afterlife

Thanks to MySpace for this one, as five new stills from the latest RESIDENT EVIL film, AFERLIFE, have appeared online. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is once again being directed by series veteran WS Anderson (EVENT HORIZON, AVP) and is being shot, no surprises here, in 3D.
From the images below it looks like business as usual for Milla Jovovich’s Alice as she runs around looking hot and shooting assorted zombies. One particularly interesting image, however, shows us a first glimpse of the “The Executioner” character from the video game entry, RESIDENT EVIL 5. Also along for the ride are Wentworth Miller (PRISON BREAK) playing legendary video game character Chris Redfield, and Shawn Roberts taking on the role of arch nemesis Albert Wesker.
None of the RESIDENT EVIL films have been particularly impressive thus far and based on these stills, AFTERLIFE looks no different. We’ll get a better look at the film this Sunday, when the first trailer is set to arrive. RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is set for release on September 10th later this year.