Amazon wants to make a mass effect TV series

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It was first announced way back in 2010, the beloved sci-fi series Mass effect was turned into a movie. Fast forward 11 years and, uh, no movie.

The project was only officially canceled (at least in the form of a public announcement) earlier this year when BioWare’s Mac Walters revealed that Legendary Pictures had finally walked away from the project. “It felt like we were always fighting IP,” he explained. “What story should we tell in 90 to 120 minutes? Shall we do it justice?”

Probably not! Which may explain why, with years of trying to turn the games into a movie (or three) dead in the water, Deadline reports that Amazon is now “approaching an agreement” to make it an expensive TV show instead.

Tucked away in a story that is otherwise about the debut of Amazon’s new fantasy series, an adaptation of The wheel of time books, this short bite from Amazon Studios manager Jennifer Salke is:

One of the company’s newest hopefuls in the arena is Mass effect. Amazon Studios is approaching an agreement to develop a series based on the best-selling sci-fi video game franchise from Electronic Arts.

“You will see us continue to invest in fantasy genres of all kinds, we have a genre-focused team on the ground at Studios working tirelessly with our creative partners on these boards, and you can look forward to more,” said Salke.

Makes sense. Amazon’s current sci-fi series, The enlargement, is about to air its sixth and final season, leaving a hole the size of a spaceship in the streaming service’s lineup. And a live-action Commander Shepard who spins around the galaxy and makes friends, saves planets and occasionally commits war crimes would be much better able to tell their story over the course of a TV series than stuffed into a movie.

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