UBISOFT MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES “THE DIVISION” FILM WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL
LONDON, UK – August 2nd, 2016 — Today, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the film and television studio of Ubisoft®, announced a new project, “The Division” with Academy Award® nominees Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Interstellar, The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) and Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch, Nightcrawler, Southpaw) attached.
“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.
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**.
Gyllenhaal can next be seen starring opposite Amy Adams in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, scheduled to open November 18th 2016. He recently completed filming on Bong Joon Ho’s Okja and begins filming on Daniel Espinosa’s Life this week. Through Nine Stories, Gyllenhaal produced David Gordon Green’s upcoming Stronger, in which he also stars.
Chastain will next be seen in John Madden’s political thriller Miss Sloane, and Niki Caro’s adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s novel The Zookeeper’s Wife, opposite Daniel Bruhl. She is also set to star in Aaron Sorkin’s film adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir Molly’s Game alongside Idris Elba and Susanna White’s period drama Woman Walks Ahead.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency’s Assassin’s Creed®, starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender, has recently completed principal photography. Assassin’s Creed will be released by 20th Century Fox on December 21st 2016. 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.
* Based upon internal estimates for Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s the Division worldwide sales data on all platforms as of March 9, 2016.
** Estimated world-wide revenue from physical and digital full game sales (including gold edition) only, according to GFK Chart-Track, first parties, retail customer sell-through and internal estimates through end March 12th 2016 at current exchange rates.
About Ubisoft Motion Pictures
Ubisoft Motion Pictures was created in 2011 to expand the popularity of Ubisoft’s game brands to new areas of entertainment including television and film. It is responsible for the Assassin’s Creed live-action long-feature, set for release on December 21 2016, and the Rabbids animated television series, currently in its third season. Four additional long-feature films are also currently in development. Recently, Ubisoft Motion Pictures has expanded into theme parks, developing specific rides adapted from the group’s hit brands as well as a full-scale next generation theme park concept.
About Nine Stories
Nine Stories is a New-York based production company founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker in 2015. The company is dedicated to working with visionary storytellers in all fields and producing provocative and entertaining material. Nine Stories recently wrapped principal photography on David Gordon Green’s Stronger, which was shot on location in Boston. The film will be distributed by Lionsgate. Nine Stories is in development on a number of theatrical titles including, Scandinavian author Jo Nesbo’s The Son which filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will direct, as well as Max Mermelstein’s violent cartel story The Man Who Made It Snow with Antoine Fuqua to helm. In television, the company is developing a scripted limited series for A&E centered on cults. Season one focuses on Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Watch_Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2015-16 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,394 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
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