In The Matrix, we love a good video game adaptation conversation (as you may have read…or should). What with Netflix flexing as the gods of content, it was clear they could be a landing spot for some of our ideas.
They recently stanched up Henry Cavill flying away from his DC contract (way to go, WB dopes) to become The Witcher. Since then, rumors have been soaring about what could be next. Thanks to an announcement at this year’s E3, we no longer have to speculate as Tom Clancy’s book-turned-video game The Division is now becoming the next movie on Netflix!
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Director @DavidMLeitch, @Jes_Chastain, and Jake Gyllenhaal are bringing Ubisoft’s The Division to Netflix. It’s the Tom Clancy high-stakes action you love, in the pandemic stricken Manhattan that offers no second chances. pic.twitter.com/cpi6JCp4EM
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 10, 2019
The Ubisoft video game adaptation into higher content was announced more than three years ago. (Yeah, hard to remember.) At that time, we knew we were getting Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the project being led by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch.
Then, it’s like the virus in the video game ate up all the news. Bupkus. Gone. Now, we have a blinding glimmer of hope. It seems with Pikachu, The Witcher, and a few other ideas in the works, the video game movie genre is about to make one helluva rebound.
In case you don’t game, here’s the movie synopsis:
In the near future, a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.
Now try not to act geeked about this news. Ubisoft currently boasts The Division yields more than 20 million gamers. Suffice to say, they are hoping for that many streamers on this 2020 production.
Until then, we get Mysterio coming to us next month in Far From Home. And, in case you missed it (by the looks of the box office, you did), Chastain can be seen in Dark Phoenix.