Legendary Pictures has secured the rights to bring BioWare’s Mass Effect saga to movie theatres.

The project is still in the early stages of development but prodcuer Thomas Tull says Mass Effect is “ripe for translation,” adding that it has “depth, compelling characters and an engaging back story.” Ari Arad, co-producer, describes Mass Effect as “a parable whose conflicts mirror the ones we currently face in our own world. This story emphasizes the need for all cultures to learn to work together.”

It’s a sentiment that’s very close to the themes of Avatar, and that movie may have paved the way for a Mass Effect adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter writes, “One of the by-products of the success of ‘Avatar’ has been showing that moviegoers will follow and invest themselves in non-human characters if given a reason to, which opens the door for more alien movies.”

Mark Protosevich, who wrote the screenplays for both I Am Legend and Thor, is named by The Hollywood Reporter to be the likely writer.

BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will come on as executive producers, as will Casey Hudson, who is executive producer of the Mass Effect games.