Ubisoft push ahead with plans for Gyllenhaall and Chastain to star in The Division movie.
Assassin's Creed is still in theatres, and while it's not broken any records for gross takings or critical reception, it's done well enough for Ubisoft to put The Division into production. The film version of the smash hit post-pandemic 3rd-person shooter has been in quiet development since last year, but now it has a wider star roster and a director.
Jessica Chastain will join Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead roles - both are Oscar-nominated and on the crest of a wave of critical adoration - with Stephen Gaghan to direct. Gaghan is himself an Oscar-winner, as writer (for Traffic), and wrote and directed Syriana. Gaghan has previous game experience, as co-writer of Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Hollywood media heavyweight Variety reports Gaghan saying: "The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape [Ubisoft] created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan.
"It’s immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities. It’s also remarkable to be able to collaborate with Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal early in the process. We all feel the story Ubisoft created is more relevant than ever."
The thrust of the multi-platform game is the tale of the Strategic Homeland Division's efforts to rebuild New York after a smallpox outbreak.
This week a raft of new content was announced, with the unveiling of the Last Stand DLC.