After it was announced that new content would be released for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Ubisoft revealed that Netflix had acquired the rights of distribution for the live-action feature film adaptation of The Division. Tom Clancy’s The Division was the company’s best-selling game and generated an estimated $330 million globally.
The first we heard about this movie was back in June 2016, when all we knew was that Jake Gyllenhaal was supposed to play the lead role and was going to co-produce the film with the CEO of Ubisoft. The following month, Jessica Chastain was also attached to the project in a co-starring role of the film. Stephen Gaghan was chosen to direct the film in January 2017 but opted out in 2018. In April of last year, David Leitch was selected to direct the movie. Kelly McCormick, Gyllenhaal, Guillemot, Riva Marker, Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will act as producers for the film.
During the E3 2019 presentation, Ubisoft revealed that Rafe Judkins would adapt the screenplay of the upcoming movie which will be released exclusively through Netflix’s streaming service. This project is a joint production venture between Nine Stories Productions, Freckle Films, 87eleven, and Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
In the near future, a pandemic virus is 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.
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Director @DavidMLeitch, @Jes_Chastain, and Jake Gyllenhaal are bringing Ubisoft’s The Division to Netflix. It’s the Tom Clancy high-stakes action you love, in the pandemic stricken Manhattan that offers no second chances. pic.twitter.com/cpi6JCp4EM
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 10, 2019
Rafe Judkins is currently writing and showrunning the television adaptation of The Wheel of Time. He also wrote a new take on the Uncharted film, starring Tom Holland and directed by Shawn Levy, focusing on Nathan Drake’s origin story.
David Leitch is known for directing John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. As he used to be a stunt double, all his movies have great action sequences. He used fight choreographers and gun fu techniques from Hong Kong action cinema for his debut film, John Wick. All this points to the movie at least having fun action sequences if nothing else.