A Beyond Good and Evil Netflix Movie Is in Development

Netflix adds another video game adaptation to its rapidly growing catalog.

Netflix has announced a collaboration with Ubisoft for a Beyond Good and Evil movie.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be directed by Rob Letterman, who is best known for directing Detective Pikachu and Goosebumps. It will be a “hybrid live-adaptation/animated feature” of the 2003 game, which has become a cult-classic despite being deemed a commercial failure at launch. Beyond Good and Evil follows Jade, an investigative reporter and martial artist, who joins a resistance movement to expose an alien conspiracy.

The Beyond Good and Evil series has been dormant for some time, with an HD remaster being released in June 2011. However, a sequel, Beyond Good and Evil 2, was announced in 2017 at Ubisoft’s E3 conference. It also received a new cinematic trailer and gameplay in 2018.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 will serve as a prequel that takes place at least one generation before the first game. It will have you, “fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars.” You can experience the adventure by yourself or with online friends. While we haven’t seen more of it since 2018, this Netflix film is bound to maintain anticipation for the title.

The announcement of a Netflix adaptation of Beyond Good and Evil comes a day after the news that Netflix will debut a Splinter Cell animated series. According to Variety, Ubisoft and Netflix have arrived at a deal for two seasons starring the series’ spy protagonist Sam Fisher. Currently, the series will consist of 16 episodes. Derek Kolstad, who is best known for writing the John Wick film franchise, will be the series’ writer and executive producer.

The Netflix Beyond Good and Evil film is in early development, with “a search for writers to adapt the game” already underway.

It’s no surprise that Netflix is increasing its catalog of video game adaptations. 76 million households “chose to watch” at least two minutes of The Witcher in the month since its release, making it Netflix’s best first season of television ever. On July 27, The Witcher: Blood Origin, a six-part live-action prequel spin-off series, was announced.

At the end of June, CD Projekt Red announced a collaboration with Japanese animation studio Studio Trigger — best known for Kill la Kill, Promare, and Little Witch Academia — for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, an anime series set in the universe of Cyberpunk 2077. It will be hosted on Netflix. The day after, Netflix also showed the first glimpse of its upcoming Cuphead animated series.

Perhaps we’ll be seeing Beyond Good and Evil 2 at the next Ubisoft Forward event. It was confirmed at the end of July that a follow-up to the first event is slated for September. Ubisoft’s track record shows that it might be likelier for Beyond Good and Evil 2 to make its return than for CEO Yves Guillemot, and Ubisoft leadership at large, to address the company’s plethora of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations during the event.

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Natalie Flores

Natalie is Fanbyte's Featured Contributor, with bylines at places like VICE, Polygon, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine, and more.

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