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Rumors of a film based on Ubisoft’s relatively new IP The Division have been floating around for some time now, and today, Ubisoft revealed that they’ve all been true. In a recent blog post published by Ubisoft, it was announced that Ubisoft Motion Pictures is currently working to bring the polarizing MMOFPS to the big screen.

While bringing The Division to the big screen may seem like a no-brainer, Ubisoft still needed to find talent that would entice a larger audience to go see the movie, and so they brought in actors Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Southpaw) and Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty) to star in the movie. Ubisoft also revealed that both Gyllenhaal and Chastain will actively take part in the development process of the movie through their production companies.

Chastain (left), Gyllenhaal (right)

Chastain (left), Gyllenhaal (right)

Little else is actually known about the movie other than that it is in fact happening. The game’s setting is that of a post-epidemic New York City in which Division agents have been called on to rid the city of various threats and restore order. I think it’s safe to assume that Gyllenhaal and Chastain will be playing the roles of these Division agents, but this is just speculation.

The Division isn’t the only Ubisoft franchise being taken to the silver screen. The biggest movie project that the publisher has in the works at the moment is the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie set to release on December 21st starring Michael Fassbender (X-men, Prometheus). Ubisoft also has movies based on the franchises Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, and Rabbids currently in the works.

Quick Take

Turning The Division into a movie seems like a slam dunk for Ubisoft to me. The thing that I enjoyed most about the game was its setting and premise, and that can translate beautifully to the big screen. If I am Legend is any indication, people like movies set in post-epidemic New York City, and just like I am LegendThe Division film has the big name actors to attract a larger audience. This is a video game movie that I can get behind, at least for now. 

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Matthew Arrojas

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Just because I write about video games doesn't mean I'm very good at them. Unless it's Smash Bros. I'll wreck you in Smash Bros. I am also currently obsessed with Overwatch, so I'll wreck you in that too with Mercy.

  • Rurik

    Works more for a movie or HBO series then a game. I really enjoyed the setting but the game fell flat after awhile.

  • goodguya

    It’s weird that Ubisoft has actually made one of the most successful video-game movie adaptations, that being Prince of Persia. Why this though? It’s not a franchise even.

  • Grey

    That might be it’s strength, in this case. There isn’t an overwhelming amount of backstory for a mainstream movie audience unfamiliar with the games to get confused or intimidated by. No pressure on the film makers to put winks and nods to the game-fans in the audience that no one else will understand. Nor will fans of the games get annoyed when elements of the backstory are cut or altered for film, because there isn’t a great deal of it there.

  • Ace

    I expect the first few months of the movie to be filled with bugs and the actors falling through the floor and going through walls.

  • goodguya

    It’s an empty pallet, yes, but I really don’t see this as an overwhelmingly good thing. There’s nothing identifiable about the “series” except that it’s set in a dystopian future. I have no hopes for this project being any good.