It has been more than a year since Ubisoft took the first major leap for a live-action adaptation of the Division, one of its most recent flagship video game franchises. Unfortunately for awaiting fans, director Stephen Gagan (Gold) had to ultimately part ways. The good news, though, is that Ubisoft has found a replacement.
According to a new report from Variety earlier today, director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) has agreed to take over the project. The former stunt coordinator is expected to begin production for Hobbs and Shaw, a Fast and the Furious spinoff, later this fall. Hence, he will likely make room for the Division sometime next year.
The live-action adaptation will star Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw) and Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane) in lead roles, with more cast announcements waiting to happen once things get fully underway.
The premise will closely follow the video game installment and center on a post-apocalyptic setting where New York City has been isolated from the outside world following the release of a deadly virus. There are teams of civilians trained as operatives, rogue elements spread throughout, and perhaps more in the shadows.
As the battle to take back NYC wages on; Gyllenhaal and Chastain work together to restore order while the factions have their own agenda. Stay tuned for this action packed spinoff of Tom Clancy’s The Division.
The Division was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 8, 2016, and instantly became the best-selling game for Ubisoft in history. The developer is currently working on a sequel, presently dubbed the Division 2, for a release on the same platforms in the foreseeable future.
As for the live-action movie treatment, there is no release date for the time being. However, if production follows through on schedule next year, we might be heading to theaters somewhere in 2020.