Amazon Studios is behind a wave of high-profile fantasy series with Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time and a new take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth franchise with The Lord of The Rings (taking place in the Second Age before events of the two trilogies).
They are seemingly pivoting towards sci-fi shows based on video games after previous plans to turn Fallout into a show as well at Amazon from Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, another one is said to be on the horizon.
Deadline is now claiming the streamer is attempting to adapt the beloved sci-fi action video game series, Mass Effect, into a new television series. Amazon is reportedly “nearing a deal” but without mentioning potential showrunners or writers that would be adapting the project.
One of the company’s newest hopefuls in the arena is Mass Effect. Amazon Studios is nearing a deal to develop a series based on the best-selling sci-fi video game franchise from Electronic Arts.
A potential television series was teased over the summer by Mass Effect’s project director Mac Walters.
“It’s such an expansive world, and so many people I know in the TV and film industry have reached out to ask me when we’re going to do it and saying we’ve got to do it,” Walters told Business Insider.
In a technologically advanced future, an elite human soldier takes command of a prototype starship and works to defend the galaxy from danger.
At one time, a feature film based on Mass Effect had been in the works for ages, but for various reasons never came together. Legendary (Dune) got their hands on the film rights back in 2010. It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll attempt to adapt the universe or try to do something brand new set in that world.
The Halo series has been shooting for two years during the pandemic and will debut next year on Paramount+, setting the stage for more expensive shows based on popular video games. Other live-action projects on the horizon include The Last of Us at HBO and Assassin’s Creed at Netflix.