Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ film adaption of hit Tom Clancy video game The Division has landed at Netflix.
The planned film has been in the works for a few years now, but most of the pieces look to finally be in place. On board to star in the film are Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, with direction from Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw helmer David Leitch.
Leitch will be directing from a screenplay written by Rafe Judkins, whose credits include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland. Judkins is also attached to the upcoming Amazon series The Wheel of Time, based on the acclaimed fantasy novels by Robert Jordan.
The film will be set in the near future, when 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.
The Division has become one the fastest-selling IPs in video game history and currently has over 20 million players. The sequel game, The Division 2, was released to critical acclaim in March.
Gyllenhaal and Chastain are both in comic book films of the moment. Gyllenhaal will soon be seen as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home and Chastain can currently be seen playing a villain in X-Men Dark Phoenix.