Back in 2016 Ubisoft announced plans to turn The Division into a film starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. We've heard relatively little in over a year and a half since then, but we finally have an update. Following writer/director Stephen Gaghan's departure from the project, Deadpool 2's David Leitch has been tapped to direct the upcoming film.
In addition to Deadpool 2, Leitch's body of work includes John Wick, Captain America: Civil War, and Jurassic World, among others. He's currently working on Hobbs and Shaw, a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious, so prep on The Division isn't expect to begin until 2019. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect from the plot.
"Based on the best-selling video game, the story is set in a near future where a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating New York City and killing millions. By Christmas, what's left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, is activated in an attempt to save who and what remains."
Kelly McCormick, Leitch's production partner and husband, is attached to produce. Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal will also help produce the film, and they've "been persistent in making sure that it matches the tone of the video game" while also aiming to reach new audiences that are fans of their past work.