Ubisoft Motion Pictures (a film division of the game development company) confirmed that they will be turning the controversial 2016 online shooter into a major motion picture.
Variety is reporting that Syriana director Stephen Gaghan has signed on to helm the high-profile movie about a post-apocalyptic New York quarantined after the spread of a deadly virus and now controlled by gangs. In the game, a small group of elite military operatives must fight back against these gangs and find a cure for the virus. We really loved the game when it first released last year.
Gaghan will take on his first video game adaptation, although it’s not his first experience with the industry. The director also wrote the script for the tepidly received first-person shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts. Gaghan had this to say regarding the Ubisoft project:
“I’m excited to work with Ubisoft Motion Pictures and collaborate with their team at Massive Entertainment to bring The Division to the big screen. They’re great guys, exceptionally creative, and willing to take risks,” said Gaghan. “The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape they created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan. It’s immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities. It’s also remarkable to be able to collaborate with Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal early in the process. We all feel the story Ubisoft created is more relevant than ever.”
Gyllenhaal (of Nightcrawler and Donnie Darko fame) and Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Martian) will be assuming lead roles in the film as well as contributing to the creation process alongside their own film companies Nine Stories and Freckle Films.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ chief executive Gerard Guillemot commented on the casting of Chastain and Gyllenhall by citing them as “two of Hollywood’s most talented actors and (the) perfect creative collaborators to help bring Tom Clancy’s The Division to the big screen.”
Currently, there is no timeframe available for either the film’s release or when it may begin production.