So often, what we know about film adaptations of video games comes from the film side of things, so it’s very thoughtful of Ubisoft to send us out some information about the upcoming big screen version of The Division. Firstly, the rumours are true: Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are attached. Both will appear in front of the camera, and both also have a stake in production.
Today is – officially – the first time Ubisoft has confirmed the film is even happening, by the way. Remember: All of these details are confirmed by the publisher, we’re not relying on any anonymous sources or alleged reports! What a change!
Gerard Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures explains:
We are excited to collaborate with Jessica and Jake, two of Hollywood’s most talented actors and perfect creative collaborators to help bring Tom Clancy’s The Division to the big screen
The Division is one of Ubisoft’s most successful games ever, selling more copies in its first 24 hours of availability than any other title from the publisher – and officially recording the biggest first week ever for a new video game franchise. Making the game into a movie is a bit of a no-brainer.
And Ubisoft has some help. The Division (the film) is being developed by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, alongside Nine Stories (Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker), as well as Chastain’s company, Freckle Films.
Matt Phelps, Vice President, Ubisoft Motion Pictures continues:
Attaching Jake and Jessica is part of our development philosophy of working closely with top talent from the earliest stages to collaborate on a high quality film.
Another high quality film that Ubisoft is working on is, of course, Assassin’s Creed, which stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. We’re told principal photography on the film wrapped recently, with the finished product due out on December 21, 2016.
…but wait, there’s more: Ubisoft Motion Pictures is also working on film adaptations of other franchises, including Ghost Recon, Rabbids and Watch_Dogs – and there’s also a Splinter Cell movie in the works, with Tom Hardy’s name all over it. Stay tuned, we’re hoping for more info direct from the source.