Recently came word that filmmaker David Leitch (“John Wick,” “Deadpool 2”) had signed on to helm a film adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video game “Tom Clancy’s The Division”.
Ubisoft’s first attempt at an adaptation for film was 2016’s poorly received “Assassin’s Creed,” a project that was touted as having the best chance at breaking the infamous ‘video game curse’. It didn’t.
So it would be understandable if Leitch was concerned if his film could do it. Speaking with Collider, he explains:
“They’re two different experiences. Obviously the video game, you’re telling your own story and it’s so active, and cinema is all about one person’s point of view guiding a story, you’re telling a story. I think sometimes those things are in conflict, but on a project like ‘The Division,’ again it’s like there’s these bigger themes in there that you can pull one out and attach some great characters to and you can have a compelling story, and also given the trappings of the world that people love, I think you can deliver a good movie… For me, I thought that was a cool playground.”
Leitch says the script is still in development and producers are looking for writers for the project which is slated to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. The game launched in early 2016 and follows agents investigating a deadly pandemic in New York City. It currently has over 20 million players and is the fastest-selling new IP in gaming history.