Wow, Netflix and Ubisoft are really getting in bed together, aren’t they? Following reports of a Splinter Cell anime series, we’re now hearing that the two have teamed up for a film based on 2003 cult-classic (but massive financial flop) Beyond Good & Evil. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive report, the film will be a hybrid live-action/animated feature helmed by Detective Pikachu and Goosebumps director Rob Letterman.
“Beyond takes place in the 25th century on a remote mining planet that is under alien attack,” THR wrote. “The military rulers that promised to defend the population may be in league with the invaders. In this environment, a young photojournalist named Jade is recruited to be part of an underground resistance movement.”
“The game was launched in 2003 to decidedly mixed results. It was a nominee for game of the year even as it was a failure when it was released, and a hoped-for trilogy never materialized. However, over the years it developed a cult following and in 2017 Ubisoft announced a prequel was in the works.”
Beyond Good & Evil 2 was suspiciously absent from Ubisoft’s digital conference last month, which is rather alarming, but news updates on the official site suggest that the game is progressing fine. There’s no indication of when we’ll be able to see more gameplay footage, though.
“We are committed to providing our Space Monkeys with these opportunities when the time is right, but we’re just not there yet,” the development team wrote.