Remember how Ubisoft was turning Tom Clancy’s The Division into a movie? Neither did I! But apparently it is, and I might even be excited for it, thanks to the latest director to sign on to the project.
Deadpool 2 director David Leitch recently inked a deal with Ubisoft to direct the film adaptation of The Division.
Leitch is a pretty good reason to be cautiously optimistic about a Division movie. Sure, Deadpool 2 hasn’t come out yet, but it’s already receiving higher test-screening scores than its predecessor, so that’s a good sign. Plus, Leitch also co-directed John Wick and solo-directed Atomic Blonde, which I think is underrated as far as badass spy movies go.
This means that the Oscar-winning writer and director who was originally attached to helm The Division, Stephen Gaghan, has apparently dropped out, but Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal are still very much set to star in the film, as they’ve been signed on from the beginning and are apparently “persistent in making sure that [the film] matches the tone of the video game,” according to Variety. As long as it’s better than the last Ubisoft movie that Gyllenhaal starred in, we’re good.
Before directing The Division, Leitch is set to direct a Fast and Furious spinoff starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham. This movie will go into production before The Division, meaning the video game adaptation will probably go into production sometime in 2019.
This could mean the release of the film will coincide with the launch of The Division 2, which was announced just last month. Ubisoft has promised to reveal more about the sequel at E3 2018 in June, but right now I’m expecting a 2019 launch for the game.
Meanwhile, The Division just got Xbox One X and 4K support, meaning it finally sort of resembles its original launch trailer. Developer Massive Entertainment is also reportedly working on some sort of battle royale project, but that hasn’t been confirmed.