Only weeks after the release of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft has already seen fit to share juicy details about its next big screen adaptation. In a press release today, the French gaming company revealed that its post-apocalyptic action flick The Division will be written and directed by Stephen Gaghan. Gaghan is an Academy Award-winning writer responsible for penning the scripts for critically acclaimed movies like Traffic and Syriana, so he's certainly a great get for Ubisoft.
With the French games publisher seemingly not wanting to sign anyone who isn’t award-worthy, it looks like Ubisoft is determined to make this a hit.While it's still early days for the project, the news certainly bodes well for fans of the game, with The Division movie already boasting a pretty impressive set of names.
Based on the hit video game franchise of the same name, the movie will be taking place across a bleak post-apocalyptic Manhattan. Given the real-world turn towards hatred and violence, Gaghan and the cast feel that now is the perfect time to bring The Division to the big screen: " It’s remarkable to be able to collaborate with Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal early in the process" reveals Gaghan, "We all feel the story Ubisoft created is more relevant than ever.”
As you'd expect for a movie that only just got its writer/director, plot details are currently being kept closely under wraps. While we have little information and no release date, the announcement is a good sign that we'll be hearing more about this project sooner rather than later.
Let's just hope The Division movie fares better than the last Ubisoft adaptation Gyllenhaal was in...