Netflix Picks Up Ubisoft’s ‘The Division’ Film Adaptation

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One of Ubisoft’s biggest gaming franchises is coming to Netflix! At their gaming panel for gaming’s biggest event of the year, Ubisoft confirmed that The Division has been picked up by the streaming service and will likely arrive sometime in 2020. There’s little known on the details of the film but we have all the details you need to know so far below.

For those unaware of what The Division is, allow us to help. First debuting in the Spring of 2016, The Divison was one of Ubisoft’s most ambitious games to date. The third-person shooter at its peak reached 20 Million downloads worldwide across multiple platforms. While the game launch got off to a slow start, the evental release of DLC really pumped the quality the game needed, three later the sequel game The Division 2 was launched in March 2019.

Have any actors been cast for The Division?

It has already been confirmed that two actors have been assigned roles for The Division. Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Southpaw) and Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty) will star in the film but their roles have yet to be confirmed. A long with playing the lead roles, both actors have been assigned as producers for the project.

Deadpool 2 and Hobbs and Shaw director Davd Leitch has been assigned as the director of the film. Meanwhile the screenplay will be written by Amazon’s Wheel of Time writer Rafe Judkins. We can expect to learn more about the cast and crew in the coming months.

What is the story of The Division?

Set in the not too distant future, the city of New York has collapsed due to a virus pandemic that ravaged the population. The virus was spread through the use of money on Black Friday, killing millions of civilians. New York City now under quarantine has become chaotic and ruthless. With what little of the population remains are fighting each day for survival. An elite team of operatives trained for scenarios such as this are sent into the city in search of survivors.

We’re unsure at this point if the films story will be based upon the first or second game. The likely scenario will be the former, but we can expect to see some big changes to fit the narrative of a two hour film.

When is the release date?

We’re a long way off from knowing the release date but we’re expecting the film to drop in 2020. Consdiering the film is set in Winter this may impact the film’s release date. Our prediction is the film will arrive during the holiday season in 2020.

Are you looking forward to the release of The Division film adaptation? Let us know in the comments below.

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