Netflix is adding another major adaptation project to its growing list of original content. Cult classic 2003 video game Beyond Good and Evil, from maker Ubisoft, will be adapted into a feature length film for the streaming service.
The film format will be a hybrid animated, live-action, with director Rob Letterman familiar with the style after directing 2019’s Detective Pikachu and animated films Shark Tale and Monsters vs. Aliens.
The video game, which made a small debut in 2003 and gradually accumulated a cult following, takes place in the 25th century and follows a resistance group that is rising up against the alien invaders taking over their mining planet. In the first game the main character Jade is a journalist and martial arts fighter who collects evidence to prove that those who are supposed to be protecting their planet are actually working with the invaders.
A prequel was announced in 2017, with a trailer debuting at E3, but has not yet been released or have a scheduled release date. The E3 trailer showcases enhanced animation and graphics, much improved from the blocky design of 2003 graphics, and gives a hint of what may be to come from a live-action series.
This project is still in early stages and has no writer attached yet. Producers Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin are already on board alongside Letterman.