Today, Variety announced that Gold director Stephen Gaghan has bored Ubisoft’s upcoming video game adaption The Division. This comes off news that Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have also boarded the project as the film’s leads. This will be another Ubisoft video game adaption after last year’s disappointing film Assassin’s Creed.
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, commonly referred to as simply “The 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.
Ubisoft is still shopping the film around to studios alongside the long in-development Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy. Stephen Gaghan added:
“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.”
The Division has no set release date