Mass Effect Movie Still Five or Six Years Away, Producer Talks Uncharted and MGS

If you’re hoping for the upcoming Mass Effect movie to release in the next two years, think again.

In an interview with Kotaku, Producer Avi Arad revealed that the film’s release is no where close to what rumors have been dictating. The Mass Effect movie is still five to six years away from release and will probably make its debut in Fall of 2018 or early 2019.

“It’s a big idea, that we, humans, are the least developed, the least trusted, it’s an interesting mirror image of our world, we are the aliens now,” Arad said of the film’s script. “Love the project, it’s getting there, it’s been a lot of work; some movies take five, six years before they’re ready.”

Arad has previously helped out in many movies, including Spider-Man and Iron Man. Currently he’s also working on the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie, as well as the Uncharted one.

When asked about the work so far on the Metal Gear Solid project, Arad said that it’s still in its early stages and will probably be ready to hit the big screen in three or four years.

Regarding the Uncharted movie he said that the film has a high potential to succeed because of its great storytelling and the the relationships between characters.

“I think Uncharted will be very successful. It’s a father and son game,” Arad said. “There are things about it that are interesting. I think the world of antiquities theft, there are many countries in the world that realized they’re being robbed and they’re trying to recoup these important pieces. Now, the script has a lot of character [and] I think that has a shot at being the first one [to succeed].”

As excited as we can be over the prospect of so many video games hitting the Hollywood screens, it has to be said that it’s a rare occasion when you see a good movie based on a game. Arad acknowledged that fact, saying that a successful game doesn’t mean a successful movie.

“I think that film studios are bankers and filmmakers are risk takers and somewhere in between we meet on the battlefield,” Arad said. “And the moment one video game movie goes through the roof, it’s the same thing that I’ve been through with comic books.”