What you need to know
- Netflix announced Friday that it's developing a Beyond Good and Evil film with Ubisoft.
- Rob Letterman, the director of Detective Pikachu, is attached to direct the live-action / animation hybrid.
- This is the second Ubisoft adaptation project to hit entertainment outlets this week; Variety reported on a Splinter Cell anime adaptation.
Beyond Good and Evil fans will have to wait a bit longer for an update on Beyond Good and Evil 2, but there's something else in the franchise in the works.
A feature film adaptation of the first game is in development at Netflix. The announcement was made from one of Netflix's official Twitter accounts Friday afternoon.
The Hollywood Reporter also had some exclusive details, including that it'll be directed by Rob Letterman, who directed Detective PIkachu and Goosebumps. The movie is set to be a live-action / animated hybrid in the vain of the very successful Detective Pikachu.
The film is also reportedly in very early development and is also currently seeking out writers.
The game, which came out in 2003, is about Jade, a reporter and martial artist who works with a resistance to stop an alien conspiracy. It did well with critics but sold poorly and became a game with a cult following. The plan was for it to be a trilogy, but fans heard nothing but rumors until Ubisoft unveiled a look at Beyond Good and Evil 2 at E3 2017.
This is the second Ubisoft adaptation news we've gotten this week. Earlier, Variety reported that a Splinter Cell anime adaptation is also in development at Netflix, with Derek Kolstad, the writer on the John Wick franchise attached as executive producer and writer. Neither Netflix or Ubisoft commented on the situation. Coincidentally, this is also another instance of a long-brewing franchise getting the adaptation treatment.
Ubisoft has been helping to produce adaptations of its games in house since it was founded in 2011. It helped get the Rabbids Invasion cartoon off the ground, and of course, the Assassin's Creed film starring Michael Fassbender. It also helped to produce Mythic Quest, the Apple TV+ show starring Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), although that's not based on a previous franchise. The company also announced a Skull & Bones TV adaptation in 2019.
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