Deadpool 2 Director Signs On For The Division Movie
David Leitch is a busy guy, having finished the soon-to-be-released Deadpool 2 and working on a Fast & Furious spinoff starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. You can now add one more project to that list: The Division, based on Ubisoft's multiplayer shooter.
Variety reports that Leitch, who is emerging as the premiere name in action films in recent years with hits like John Wick and Atomic Blonde, has signed on to the project. Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhall have been attached since the movie's conception and have reportedly been very involved in making sure the movie matches the feel and tone of the game.
The Division's story concept is that a disease spread through cash in New York City on Black Friday – because everyone uses cash on Black Friday – and the resulting quarantine has more or less shut down the city, except for looters and other people for whom your division is there to shoot.
Variety points out that The Division will have to wait until 2019 at the earliest, since Leitch has already begun work on the aforementioned Fast & Furious movie. The Division 2 was announced earlier this year by Ubisoft with plans to reveal more at E3.
The Division's story always seemed, in its best moments, laughably dumb, so I kind of hope a movie based on it doesn't take itself too seriously. The hit-you-over-the-head subtleties of that game's narrative seem like good bedding for satire rather than drama.