Today during the Ubisoft E3 press briefing, word dropped that Netflix has acquired a new project based on the popular video game, Tom Clancy’s The Division. The film will star Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal and is being co-produced by developer Ubisoft itself.
What’s more, the film will be directed by David Leitch, the co-director of the first John Wick film and sole director of Deadpool 2. Leitch is an action-film director who understands the genre, and this is a huge get for The Division TV series. His next film is the Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, which hits theaters this summer.
According to Variety, The Division Netflix project will feature a world decimated by a virus and tell the story of the specially trained survivors as they try to maintain order.
The story is set in the near future with a pandemic virus spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.”
The films’s plot follows the game pretty closely, and with the star power of Academy Award nominees Jessica Chastain and Gyllenhaal, as well as the directing chops of David Leitch, this could be the next big Netflix hit.
Netflix’s The Division series will hopefully air sometime in 2020, but an official announcement could come later during the E3 show with more details.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was released in March to great fanfare and is a bonafide hit for French developer Ubisoft. The first raid for the game recently opened up and this game is just getting started.
No matter how you look at it, it’s a good time to be a fan of The Division. Images courtesy of Ubisoft.