Legendary Pictures has bought the rights to make a movie based on Bioware’s Mass Effect videogames. They’ve already assigned Mark Protosevich, the guy who wrote I Am Legend and the Thor movie, to do the script, but that’s hardly a guarantee that’s the movie will actually get made. For my money, the epic, hard sci-fi setting will end up being a hard sell financially to the studio and generally to mass (tee-hee!) non-nerd audiences, and thus the movie will never get made — or if it does, it’ll take place on one spaceship and on one planet which look extraordinarily like New Mexico with a green tint. Still, at least if the Mass Effect movie shows a little bit of alien sideboob, Fox News won’t freak the fuck out this time. Probably. (Via /Film)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.