Stephen Gaghan, the director of last year’s Gold, has officially signed on to write and direct the adaptation of Ubisoft’s “The Division.”
“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,” Gaghan said. “They’re great guys, exceptionally creative, and willing to take risks.”
At the moment, Jake Gyllenhall and Jessica Chastain are the only two performers formally attached to the project, but it is likely Ubisoft will try to add one more big name to the cast before pitching the movie to different studios.
“It’s also remarkable to be able to collaborate with Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhall early in the process. We all feel the story Ubisoft created is more relevant than ever.”
The game, an open-world, online-only experience that was released on both the Xbox One and PS4, follows a group of elite soldiers from the Strategic Homeland Division, a.k.a. The Division, as they traverse an apocalyptic New York City. The team is tasked with reestablishing their organizations operations in the city, discovering how a smallpox pandemic broke out in the city and trying to keep the peace among the remaining scared, desperate citizens.
The game, which came out last March, generated more than $330 million in sales in five days, becoming the fastest selling game Ubisoft has released.
The movie will be developed by Ubisoft Motion Pictures in conjunction with Gyllenhall’s production group Nine Stories and Chastain’s Freckle Films.
No tentative release date has been announced for the movie yet.
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