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Detective Pikachu’s Rob Letterman to Helm Beyond Good & Evil

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Detective Pikachu’s Rob Letterman will lead Beyond Good & Evil

After bringing the world of Nintendo Pokémon to life on the big screen with box office success Detective Pikachu, Rob Letterman is returning to the world of video games, signing a contract to direct Ubisoft’s adaptation of Beyond Good & Evil on Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Originally launched in November 2003, Beyond Good & Evil was set in the 25th century on a remote mining planet currently under alien attack, while military rulers who have sworn to defend the population are possibly in bed with the invaders, and photojournalist Jade must partner with an underground resistance movement to reveal the conspiracy and save the planet.

At the moment, no writer is connected to the project, with Letterman and the streaming platform currently looking for the creative talent to bring the cult game to life, but sources report that the film will be a hybrid live action / animation feature, nothing new for the 49 year old filmmaker, while using a similar approach to bring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith’s mystery adventure to life, starring Justice Smith.

Jason Altman and Margaret Boykin are currently involved in the production of the project for Ubisoft Film & Television, making it the sixth title currently in works by the video game publisher’s subsidiary. Other titles include the adaptation of Michael Bay’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon at Warner Bros., Tom Clancy’s The Division directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Away from Home) and Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game ) also on Netflix, Rabbids by Todd Strauss-Schulson (Isn’t It Romantic) and Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken) on Lionsgate, Just Dance on Screen Gems and Werewolves Within with Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story), Sam Richardson (Detroiters) and Michaela Watkins (Sword of Trust) starring and Mishna Wolff writing and Josh Ruben directing.

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The original game was considered a huge critical success when released, receiving great reviews for its animation, setting, history and design, while receiving some criticism for its technical and combat problems and was nominated for the Game of the Year in the Game Developers Choice Awards of 2004, but unfortunately it was a financial disappointment, with the blame being directed to everything from a super saturated market and dependence on established franchises to a very strange title for consumers at the time.

It would continue to bring together top cult followers, leading to a full HD remaster in 2011, which proved popular enough with consumers that the publisher is now working on a prequel.

(Photo credit: John Lamparski / WireImage)

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