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Deadpool 2’s director will helm The Division movie


Update April 20, 2018: David Leitch to direct the Division.

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is set to direct the film adaption of The Division.

Which of these upcoming PC games would you like to see get the movie treatment?

Originally reported by Variety, Leitch is set to begin preparations on The Division next year – once shooting for the Fast and Furious spinoff he is also directing has finished.

Previously, Gold director Stephen Gaghan was set to direct, however he is no longer attached to the project.

Update August 2, 2016: Further details and an official announcement emerge about a The Division movie.

Expanding their already burgeoning movie division, Ubisoft have officially announced the movie adaption of The Division, confirming Jake Gyllenhaal as part of the cast along with Jessica Chastain, of The Martian and Interstellar.

The two actors’ production companies will also be involved, as well as the full power of Ubisoft’s own film studio, Ubisoft Motion Pictures. They’re yet to attach a director or scriptwriter to the film, saying that Gyllenhaal and Chastain are being announced so early as part of a “development philosophy of working closely with top talent from the earliest stages to collaborate on a high quality film.”

Despite the film industry’s penchant for knowing exactly when productions will come out, no release date is yet mentioned. Chances are it will be deep into 2018 until we see it hit our screens. Don’t worry if you’re desperate for the Ubi logo on a wall-sized screen, we’ve got Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs and Rabbids – yes, Rabbids – to go.

Original story June 2, 2016:The Division looks set to be the next Ubisoft game undergoing a silver screen adaptation, as Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast in the movie’s lead role. At least he won’t be playing a Persian prince this time, eh?

Gyllenhall, of Donnie Darko and Nightcrawler fame, will also be a producer on the post-pandemic film, according to a Variety report.

The Division has proven mega popular, with the game breaking Ubisoft’s sales records for units sold in the first 24 hours, and even going on to break records for the most successful spring launch ever. It’s no massive surprise that the company wants to try its luck with a movie adaptation, then.

There’s a chance it might not happen, though, as they’re currently looking for a writer and Ubisoft are yet to pitch it around, but they managed to make a Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed movie happen so I don’t see why this one wouldn’t.

Hilariously, Ubisoft actually started working on an Assassin’s Creed movie sequel before the first has even hit cinemas, which is the most Ubisoft thing ever.

What else do you reckon will get the movie treatment from Ubisoft’s catalogue? Has to be Watch Dogs next, surely.