Famous film director Nicolas Winding Refn helms trailer for video game The Division 2

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  • Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019

Nicolas Winding Refn joins a long line of filmmakers that have lent their expertise to video game promotion. — AFP Relaxnews

The award-winning director of Drive and Only God Forgives has overseen a live-action trailer for March 15 console and computer game The Division 2, joining a cadre of filmmakers that have contributed to video game launch efforts.

A short live-action trailer for The Division 2, courtesy of Cannes award winner Nicolas Winding Refn, arrives ahead of the team action game's March 1-4 open beta test and its March 15 release across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

The promotional video revolves around the presumptive leader of a four-person squad preparing himself for another day in a war-torn Washington DC.

We see glimpses of a battered Capitol Hill, a motif common to the game's pre-launch publicity, while inside a stripped-down apartment, an unseen narrator gently goads the man about his attachment to a child's drawing.

The South-East Asian division of game publisher Ubisoft posted the video to YouTube first, with other channels expected to follow.

This partnership between game and film is something of a tradition for Ubisoft, which had John McTiernan of Predator and Die Hard fame for The Red Dot, a short Ghost Recon Wildlands video in 2017 (a game which later featured a Predator crossover).

Barry Battles, of Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria action movie The Baytown Outlaws, directed Inside Eden's Gate, a 30-minute promo preceding Ubisoft's 2018 release of Far Cry 5, while French director Xavier Gens of 2007's Hitman movie came onboard for Twice As Evil, a character introduction for last week's Far Cry New Dawn.

Collaborations between video game publishers and film directors might appear to be on the rise, given the recent release of Conviction, Neill Blomkamp's live-action perspective on Feb 22 sci-fi prospect Anthem.

Yet Refn joins a long line of filmmakers that have lent their expertise to video game promotion, including Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kong: Skull Island for the Destiny 2 New Legends Will Rise spot, and Joseph Kosinski of Tron: Legacy for Destiny's Become Legend treatment.

Elsewhere, Transformers man Michael Bay used game footage for a Need For Speed: The Run TV ad, while zombie horror icon George Romero shot a 30 second montage for the original Resident Evil 2 back in 1998.

And while David Leitch is attached to Ubisoft Motion Pictures' official adaptation of The Division franchise, it's his John Wick partner Tim Miller (also of Deadpool) who attracted Hollywood attention with his action-packed six-minute cinematic for DC Universe Online. – AFP Relaxnews
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