Ubisoft Motion Pictures confirmed today that Jessica Chastain has joined the cast of The Division, based on the Tom Clancy video game. Jake Gyllenhaal is already attached, and the pair’s production companies will co-develop the pic with Ubisoft. The Division, a third-person action role player game, sold more copies in its March launch in the first 24 hours than any game in Ubisoft history.
Jessica McNamee (Sirens) has been tapped to join Warner Bros’ shark movie Meg, which Jon Turtletaub will helm. She joins Jason Statham and Fan Bingbing in the cast of the pic, which was given a March 2, 2018 release date. It’s based on Steve Alten’s novel about a former Naval deep sea diver who joins Chinese scientists in an underwater observation program to face off against a living Megalodon – an extinct species of shark believed to reach up to 60 feet in length. Variety had this story first today.
ITN Distribution has acquired North American rights to Clowntown, the horror thriller directed by Tom Nagel and penned by Jeff Miller about a group of friends who become stranded in a seemingly abandoned town and are stalked by a gang of violent psychopaths dressed as clowns. It is loosely inspired by a true story. A September 30 theatrical release will be followed by a VOD and DVD bow October 4. Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Till Dawn) co-produced and Archstone Distribution is handling foreign sales.