Ubisoft Confirms ‘The Division’ Movie Has Been Signed Up By Netflix

Ubisoft took a moment, just after a lengthy section on content coming to its recent multiplayer shooter The Division 2, to deliver an update on movie based on the game(s), that's been in the works since 2016.

The film is set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain; and director David Leitch, of Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw fame, became attached to the project in April 2018. And now we know that Netflix has picked up the rights to the movie, to bring it to completion - very likely for no little money, as we're expecting this one to look swish.

The movie, like the first game, is set in the near future after a virus, spread via bank notes on Black Friday, has wiped out millions of New Yorkers. Said decimation ultimately spreads far and wide, as The Division 2 and its forthcoming expansions show. The movie's script will be written by Rafe Judkins, who's previously worked on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and also contributed to the in-production Uncharted movie.

Is this the right move for The Division? Or Netflix, for that matter? Of course, time will tell - but if Pokémon: Detective Pikachu showed us anything, it's that movies based on video games don't need to be terrible. They can also be, well, just okay. *Good*, even.

In related news, The Division 2 is free to play from June 13 to June 16. Which is a nice way to get a feel for the game, ahead of the launch of its Episode 3 DLC.

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Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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