Deadpool 2 Director Set to Helm The Division Film for Ubisoft

Deadpool 2 Director Set to Helm The Division Film for Ubisoft

David Leitch signs on for the next Ubisoft film.

"Deadpool 2" director David Leitch is set to direct a film adaptation for Ubisoft's The Division with actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain attached to star.

The Division film was announced last year with "Gold" director Stephen Gaghan attached to the project. However Gaghan has since left the project and Leitch has stepped up into the director's seat according to Variety.

The Division, Credit: Ubisoft

The Division is Ubisoft's hit video game about a covert-ops team sent in to run military operations inside New York City which has since been closed off from the rest of the world and put under martial law. Ubisoft recently announced The Division 2 which will serve as a sequel to the original game.

No word yet on any story details for The Division film. Sources report that Leitch won't start working on the film until after his planned Fast and Furious spinoff starring video game leading man Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham.

This is not the first Ubisoft game to see a video game adaptation, nor even the first one starring Jake Gyllenhaal. You might recall that Gyllenhaal starred in a Prince of Persia film based on the Ubisoft series of the same name. Similarly there was a film based on Assassin's Creed that starred actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Neither film did particularly well critically.

With so many video game film adaptations recently we still haven't had one that's reviewed particularly well with critics. Perhaps The Division film could change all that given the talent behind and in front of the camera. As for The Division 2, we expect to learn more about the game at Ubisoft's E3 2018 press conference.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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