Ubisoft making movie of hit video game The Division

Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal lead big-screen adaptation of game based on Tom Clancy story of elite tactical teams fighting to restore order after a virus plunges Manhattan into chaos

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 August, 2016, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 August, 2016, 5:00pm

Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal are to star in a film adaptation of hit video game The Division, Ubisoft has announced.

The video title released in March set a new opening day sales record for its developer 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 yet to be 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,” says 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 incinemas late this year. The big-screen production 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.