Ubisoft Has a New Movie in the Works: The Division

When you sit down to play tabletop arcade games, you’re probably not picturing how gameplay would translate to a movie theater…but most everyone at Ubisoft Motion Pictures is. Ubisoft has just announced that their film adaptation of The Division is going to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. Reviews of past works have shown that critics and moviegoers alike don’t typically love movies based on video games, but Ubisoft is looking to buck the trend.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures

At Ubisoft, they like their games. They are the third largest worldwide publisher and they have the sales to prove it. From Assassin’s Creed to Far Cry to Prince of Persia, they have a track record of success in the gaming sphere, and they’re determined to have that success carry over to the world of film. That’s why they have created Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a division solely focused on maintaining creative control over the film adaptations of their games.

The first test of Ubisoft’s ability to create a movie that viewers will love comes at the end of this year. On December 21, 2016 Assassin’s Creed will hit theaters, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams.

Ubisoft’s Move to Film

The Division and Assassin’s Creed aren’t the only two movies in the works based on Ubisoft games. Ubisoft Motion Pictures is also reportedly developing Rabids, Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, and Far Cry for the silver screen.

For The Division, Chastain and Gyllenhaal will star but also be involved in the production based on the connection of Freckle Films and Nine Stories to the project, their respective production companies. Chastain was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty and Gyllenhaal’s 2005 Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain make their involvement in the project proof that Ubisoft is going big for this film.

The Division game is set in a futuristic New York City where a smallpox outbreak has sent the city into chaos. No word yet on whether the film will follow the same story, but there are a myriad of storylines to waiting to be unearthed.