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Beyond Good & Evil movie coming to Netflix

Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman will helm the project

a close-up of Jade, the protagonist of Beyond Good & Evil Image: Ubisoft
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A film adaptation of Beyond Good & Evil, the cult-classic 2003 adventure from Ubisoft, is in the works at Netflix from Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman, a Ubisoft representative confirmed to Polygon.

“We’re excited to work with Netflix on the Beyond Good & Evil feature film and we look forward to sharing more in the future,” said Ubisoft in a statement.

The news, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, comes only a day after reports of an animated Splinter Cell series also coming to Netflix.

The movie will be a “hybrid live-action/animated feature,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, similar to Detective Pikachu. It will be produced by Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin of Ubisoft Film & Television, the French publisher’s internal division for big- and small-screen projects. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the project is in “early development,” saying that Letterman and the producers are currently searching for a writer to adapt the video game — although it’s currently unclear how closely the film will hew to the game’s plot.

Beyond Good & Evil debuted in late 2003 on GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows PC, and Xbox. Set more than 400 years in the future, the story follows a photojournalist named Jade in her attempt to expose an alien conspiracy. Despite being a commercial failure, the game became a cult classic over the year. In 2017, Ubisoft announced a prequel named Beyond Good & Evil 2, but the publisher hasn’t said much about it since E3 2018.

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