Tom Clancy’s The Division sold more copies in its first 24 hours of availability than any previous title in Ubisoft’s history, and recorded the biggest first week ever for a new video game franchise. So of course, it is now official film fodder.
Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Interstellar, The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) and Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch, Nightcrawler, Southpaw) are signed on to star in the film, and while games don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to being adapted for the big screen, let’s just cross everything we can that this works, yeah?
“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,” said Gerard Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
“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,” added Matt Phelps, Vice President of Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures will develop the film with Gyllenhaal’s and Riva Marker’s (Beasts of No Nation) Nine Stories and Chastain’s Freckle Films.
This is just the latest announcement in a big production lineup for Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender having recently finished shooting (the film is due to hit cinemas on 21 December).
Other Ubisoft Motion Pictures projects currently in development include: Splinter Cell at New Regency with Tom Hardy attached, Ghost Recon with Warner Brothers, Watch Dogs with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency, as well as Rabbids with Sony Pictures Entertainment.