Detective Pikachu’s Rob Letterman as Head of Beyond Good & Evil
After bringing the world of Nintendo to life Pokémon on the big screen with box office success Detective Pikachu, Rob Letterman Returns To The World Of Video Games By Pledging To Direct Ubisoft Adaptation Beyond good and evil at Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Originally released in November 2003, Beyond good and evil took place in the 25th century on a remote mining planet currently under attack by aliens, while military rulers who have sworn to defend the population may be in bed with the invaders, and photojournalist Jade must team up with a underground resistance movement to reveal the plot and save the planet.
No writer is currently attached to the project, with Letterman and the streaming platform currently seeking the creative talent to bring the cult game to life, but sources report the film will be a hybrid live-action / animated feature film, nothing new for the 49-year-old filmmaker as he used a similar approach to bring the mysterious adventure starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith to life.
Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin are currently attached to the production of the project for Ubisoft Film & Television, becoming the sixth film title currently in preparation for the video game publisher’s subsidiary. Other titles include the in-development adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon from Michael Bay chez Warner Bros., Tom Clancy’s The Division directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and with Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home) et Jessica Chastain (Molly’s game) also at Netflix, Rabbids from Todd Strauss-Schulson (Isn’t that romantic) et Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken) at Lionsgate, Just Dance at Screen Gems and Werewolves inside with Cheyenne Jackson (american horror story), Sam Richardson (Detroiters) et Michaela Watkins (Sword of trust) with Mishna Wolff and Josh Ruben in the directing.
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The original game was considered a huge critical hit upon release, earning rave reviews for its animation, setting, story, and design while receiving reviews for its combat and technical issues and was even nominated for the Game of the Year at the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards. , but sadly it was a financial disappointment, with the blame going on everything from an oversaturated market and reliance on established franchises to being too strange a title for consumers at the time.
It would go on to gain major cult following, leading to a Full HD remaster in 2011 that proved popular enough with consumers that the publisher is now working on a prequel.