“Syriana” and “Gold” director Stephen Gaghan is attached to pen and direct the film adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game “The Division” at Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Nine Stories and Freckle Films.
The third-person shooter is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The player, who is an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, 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.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain star in and produce the project which Ubisoft will package and shop to studios. In a statement, Gaghan says:
“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 recently released a film adaptation of their “Assassin’s Creed” game series last month to poor reviews and so far middling box-office. They currently have “Splinter Cell” starring Tom Hardy in development at New Regency and Fox.