Ubisoft holds the position of being one of gaming’s biggest publishers. Recently, they also took it upon themselves to set up their own movie studio, much like Marvel. The goal was to create movie franchises based on their existing gaming properties.Their first venture into film came in the form of Assassin’s Creed. The result? The film was a massive failure, both critically and commercially. So what next? The Division, of course!
While the company has given us many good games in the past, some of them have been under fire. Take 2016’s The Division for example. The game, upon launch, was highly criticized for not delivering the graphics that were promised and was filled to the brim with various technical issues.
Just recently, Variety reported on the exclusive scoop that David Leitch, director of the upcoming Deadpool 2, has been hired by the new studio to helm The Division. The previous director attached to the project was Stephen Gaghan, who has now been replaced. Along with the director, the initial cast members have also been locked on. Jake Gyllenhaal & Jessica Chastain have reportedly been cast in the upcoming film adaptation. That’s good news, right?
Well, hold your horses. Getting a good director and cast have seldom proved fruitful when it comes to video-game movie adaptation. Even the best of them have turned out to be average from film standards. Assassin’s Creed had a great director in Justin Kurzel and a stellar cast including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Look how that turned out to be. Okay, let’s fast forward a bit. This year’s Tomb Raider had an amazing lead in Alicia Vikander. But despite her best attempts, the film failed to start the video game movie revolution.