Assassin’s Creed seemed it would be the one to turn the tide on the bad luck video game movies have faced for decades. It had all the fixing for a memorable movie: a great premise, a talented director, and an A-list cast. Unfortunately, the resulting film didn’t really seem to strike a chord with audiences, and the movie sort of fizzled out in theaters. While it wasn’t what one would categorize as a bomb, its current come of $188 million on a $125 million budget isn’t the most promising of hauls.
Yet, we know this isn’t the end. The genre of video game movies have struggled for years, and will likely continue to do so for a very long time. The fact is that there are plenty of amazing stories that can be pulled from these IPs that would do wonders for the big screen. Ubisoft has now shifted focus to another of their big properties: Tom Clancy — namely Tom Clancy’s The Division.
A report from Variety states that Gold director and the Oscar-winning writer of Traffic, Stephen Gaghan has attached himself to write and direct an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s The Division. The video game, which hit numerous platforms in March of last year, follows a team tasked with rebuilding the Division’s operations in Manhattan following a smallpox outbreak. Like Assassin’s Creed, there is a lot of positive connotations gamers have with the Tom Clancy brand — in this case, a fun, violent, war vibe that makes it great for both video games and film adaptations.
Set to star in the adaptation are Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, the former of whom has had experience with video game movies in the past (Prince of Persia), and the latter of whom has experience in the gritty, war film genre (Zero Dark Thirty).
While Assassin’s Creed didn’t turn out as many had hoped, there is no denying the talent behind this upcoming adaptation. Not only do they have an Oscar-winning talent at the helm, but they have the brand name of Tom Clancy — one that not only resonates with video game fans, but with readers as well. As such, the marketability of this one is likely poised to supersede Assassin’s Creed’s, which makes this a smart movie for Ubisoft to turn to next.
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