Movies based on videogames have come a long way from the absolute disasters that were the Super Mario Bros. movie and Street Fighter, with Jean-Claude Van Damme. We have yet to have a really great adaptation of a video game, though Pokémon Detective Pikachu came close. Ubisoft dipped its toes into the world of movies with the disappointing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in 2010 and 2016’s Assassin’s Creed. Well, now they’re diving back in with an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Prince of Persia and Spider-Man: Far from Home star, Jake Gyllenhaal, has been attached to the movie version of The Division for quite a long time along with fellow Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain. When David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) came onboard as director things looked to be gaining momentum. However, with the project struggling to find a home, the production seemed to stall. Enter streaming giant, Netflix, which has now recruited The Division and is readying it for deployment.
While Netflix has made a name for itself with a slew of mid and lower budget films, they’ve been making some bigger moves recently. Later this year they have the new Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro collaboration, The Irishman, coming out. There’s also Michael Bay’s 6 Underground with Ryan Reynolds due before the end of the year. They’re clearly not afraid to splash the cash and a movie version of Tom Clancy’s The Division will surely need a substantial investment.
The movie will be taking the first game as its inspiration. This means that the film will be set in a decimated New York, still reeling from a pandemic that was caused by contaminated cash on Black Friday. There’s no news as to who the stars will be playing but as the source material is about a group of highly trained civilians, anything is possible. As soon as we have more info about The Division, you can be sure we’ll let you know.