Rawson Marshall Thurber, the director of the recent Red Notice gave news of The Division, his next post-apocalyptic film starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
And Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and Sonic le film challenged the idea that video game adaptations were bound to fail, Mortal Kombat Where Monster Hunter we put the balance back on the wrong side. And this is not the trailer forUncharted or that of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City which really give hope.
Live action projects from video game licenses, however, continue to pile up, withTomb Raider 2, Borderlands, the next series The Last of Us or The Division, a derivative film of the game series Tom Clancy’s The Division, published by Ubisoft from 2016 and scripted by author Tom Clancy.
The Division, version pixelisée
Announced shortly after the release of the first game, the film was to be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Dr. Dolittle’s Voyage), which left the ship in 2018, then by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw), who in turn left the post because of a scheduling problem. The project was therefore taken up earlier in the year by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper, The Millers, a budding family), the director of the recent and heartbreaking Red Notice on Netflix – which again is not much to reassure fans, despite the presence of Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain in the main cast.
The director still seems confident, hoping for a production start in the coming months, as he said in an interview with Games Radar :
“I’m so excited about this […] We’re right in the middle of the last rewrite and I think we’ll start filming next year. It’s my next movie, Jake and Jessica are pumped up and ready to go. Hopefully we’ll be shooting in 2022 and I’m incredibly excited. The film will be based on and honor the video game. As a gamer myself, I couldn’t do without it, but I wanted to make sure that people who have never heard of this game, let alone picked up a controller, can enjoy it. “
The screenplay written by Rafe Judkins, who also wrote the next Uncharted, will be located in the near future, in a New York city decimated by a virus that spread during Black Friday, through banknotes and coins passed from hand to hand. A group of civilians, trained to face disasters is then set up to try to save all that can still be saved. For now, no further information has been released on the film, which should continue to give news in the coming months.