Variety is exclusively reporting that Gold director Stephen Gaghan is attached to write and direct Ubisoft’s adaptation of its popular video game The Division starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.
The video game is a third-person shooter set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The player is an Agent of the Strategic Homeland Division and is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake.
Stephen Gaghan had this to say about being attached to the 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. 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.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures will be developing the project with Jake Gyllenhaal’s and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories and Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films. Ubisoft will package the project shopping it to studios. It currently has Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy, at New Regency and Fox.
It’s been a while since we heard any news about The Division (July to be exact) and now with Gaghan attached to the project, it’ll be interesting to see what studio will pick up the film with the talent involved.