SAN FRANCISCO: Ubisoft announced that hit video game “The Division” will be made into a film in a collaboration with Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal.
The video game released in March set a new opening day sales record for Ubisoft and is part of a franchise built in an alliance with acclaimed military espionage author Tom Clancy.
Chastain and Gyllenhaal will work with Ubisoft Motion Pictures on “The Division,” with a timeline for production not revealed.
“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 Ubisoft Motion Pictures chief executive officer Gerard Guillemot.
“The Division” recorded the largest opening week sales for a new video game franchise, according to Ubisoft.
The open-world game casts players as members of elite tactical teams fighting to restore order after a virus plunges Manhattan into chaos.
Ubisoft established its motion picture arm five years ago and its first feature film will be in theaters late this year.
The major motion film based on Ubisoft’s blockbuster “Assassin’s Creed” video games stars actor Michael Fassbender and is set for release on December 21.
The list of projects in development at Ubisoft Motion Pictures included spins on computer hacking themed game “Watch Dogs” and other titles from the company’s Tom Clancy franchise.
Clancy novels including “Patriot Games” and “The Hunt for Red October” have been fodder for films in the past. –AFP