Beyond Good And Evil
Netflix is working on a feature film adaptation of Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil, the streaming platform has revealed on Twitter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is still in early development and still in in the midst of looking for writers. It already has a few names attached to it, though, including Rob Letterman who’ll head up what’s apparently going to be a hybrid live-action/animated flick. Meanwhile, Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin will serve as producers.
While THR pen it as an adaptation of 2003’s cult photojournalism conspiracy, Netflix’s announcement tweet paints something closer to the perpetually-absent Beyond Good And Evil 2, with space pirates and key art gesturing at Ubi’s own cinematic trailers.
It’s been a hot minute since we caught wind of BG&E2, with the most recent flashy cinematic trailer premiering over two years ago. Between that and its previous tease, it seemed like Ubi were more interested in creating stunning short features than an actual videogame. In that respect, a proper movie makes a lot of sense.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Beyond Good & Evil movie is directed by Detective Pikachu and Goosebumps director Rob Letterman. The film is described as a hybrid live-action/animated feature. It’s early days, and the search is on for writers to adapt the game. This may not be the only project Netflix and Ubisoft are collaborating on. A Variety report said the streaming giant is also developing a Splinter Cell animated series, which will be written by John Wick franchise co-creator Derek Kolstad.
The news comes at a time when Beyond Good & Evil 2 is in desperate need of an update. The prequel to Michel Ancel 2003 cult classic finally resurfaced in June 2017, nearly a decade after it was initially teased, and it was then shown to press the following year, at E3 2018. But the game skipped E3 2019, and we haven’t seen anything of it so far in 2020. Perhaps Beyond Good & Evil 2 will show up at one of Ubisoft’s upcoming digital events?