Thursday, August 4, 2016
Ubisoft Casts Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal for "The Division" Movie
Commercially successful and given the thumbs up by gamers as well as reviewers, Ubisoft's online third-person shooter video game Tom Clancy's "The Division"™ is set to crossover to the big screen as a live action-adventure movie.
The game was released in March 2016 and sold more copies in one day than any other games in the industry. It reportedly garnered sales of over USD 330 million globally in the first 5 days of its release, and is also Ubisoft's best-selling game.
Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain ("Crimson Peak", "The Martian", "Zero Dark Thirty") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Everest", "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time", "Brokeback Mountain") have been attached to the project. Red Dot Diva is looking forward to seeing the two capable actors kick-ass on screen while fulfilling the mission to rebuild post-pandemic Manhattan.
“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, 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, Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
The collaboration brings Ubisoft, Chastain's Freckle Films and Gyllenhaal's and Riva Marker’s ("Beasts of No Nation") Nine Stories production companies together in the coming months.
"The Division"™ game to movie adaptation follows several other movie projects by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, including the "Assassin's Creed" film, which is based on the popular game franchise. "Assassin's Creed", which stars Michael Fassbender, has a 21 December 2016 release date at the theatres by distributor 20th Century Fox.
Other film projects in-progress by Ubisoft include "Splinter Cell" starring Tom Hardy, "Ghost Recon", "Watch Dogs" and "Rabbids". It is indeed exciting times for Ubisoft and their venture into the world of movies.