Netflix had something huge to announce on Monday (June 10): it’s moving into the video game movie industry.
The streaming giant is releasing the film based on Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy: The Division, which has been in the works for a while. The deal was revealed during Ubisoft’s presentation at E3 in Los Angeles.
Jessica Chastain, who joined the cast way back in 2016, is starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, and Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw filmmaker David Leitch is directing. So a pretty massive line-up all-round.
The video game, released in 2016, is set in a near-future New York City in the aftermath of a viral pandemic.
The player, a Special Agent of the Strategic Homeland Division (aka The Division), is tasked with helping the group rebuild its operations in Manhattan, investigate the nature of the outbreak, and combat criminal activity in its wake.
Gyllenhaal is also producing the project. The screenplay is being adapted by Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD writer Rafe Judkins.
Tom Clancy’s The Division broke Ubisoft’s record for highest number of first-day sales. Plus, one week after its release, it had the biggest first-week launch for a new game franchise, making an estimated $330 million globally, and it currently has more than 20 million players.
A sequel, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, was released back in March.