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Netflix picks up The Division starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television studio of Ubisoft ®, announced the film adaptation of The Division back in 2016. It stars Academy Award ® nominees Jessica Chastain ( The Martian, Interstellar, The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) and Jake Gyllenhaal ( End of Watch, Nightcrawler, Southpaw) attached.

David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw)is directing the project, while Netflix has bought distribution rights.

The game became the fastest-selling new video game in history and currently has more than 20 million players. A sequel was released in March.

“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 Gerard Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Attaching Jake and Jessica is part of our development philosophy of working closely with top talent from the earliest stages to collaborate on a high-quality film,” added Matt Phelps, Vice President, Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

In the near future, a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures will develop the project with Gyllenhaal’s and Riva Marker’s ( Beasts of No Nation) Nine Stories Productions, and Chastain’s Freckle Films. The announcement comes after the critically-acclaimed Tom Clancy’s The Division™ video game, developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment studio, sold more copies in its first 24 hours of availability than any previous title in Ubisoft’s history* and recorded the biggest first week ever for a new video game franchise**.

Other Ubisoft Motion Pictures projects currently in development include: Splinter Cell at New Regency with Tom Hardy attached, Ghost Recon with Warner Brothers, Watch Dogs with Sony Pictures Entertainment and New Regency, as well as Rabbids with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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