Tom Clancy’s The Division is getting a live-action adaptation on Netflix.
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French game developer Ubisoft has announced that Netflix has acquired the rights for The Division. The news came during the company’s press conference at E3.
Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal are still attached to the production after being casted 3 years ago. Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is still signed on to direct it after signing on two years ago. Previously, details on the production were scarce and some assumed that the project was discontinued. Not anymore though.
It is important to note that Netflix doesn’t acquire rights for projects to make them, not just develop them. They want The Division to happen, even if production proves costly since this definitely isn’t a low-budget title. However, this would not be the first time that the streamer has taken a huge risk with high-budget films. For Bright, Netflix gave David Ayer over $90 million for production. For Michael Bay’s Six Underground, the production budget was estimated to have been $150 million. In the case of The Division production could very well be a Six Underground-sized gamble for the studio.
The Division is set after the events of a biological terrorist attack that occurs on Black Friday, which decimates the entire city of New York. By Christmas, the city has been cordoned off and has descended into anarchy with police, paramedics, and National Guard all being tasked to restore order. Unfortunately, it is too much for them and so the President of the United States activates Directive 5, which mobilizes a secretive group of sleeper agents trained to operate during times of national emergency. The goal of these agents is to restore order and rebuild the United States. It’s an interesting premise.
Rafe Judkins is set to pen the film’s script, which means that Netflix is taking production seriously. Judkins was previously tapped by Amazon to create the live-action adaptation of the Wheel of Time series. Additionally, it has been confirmed that both Chastain and Gyllenhaal will be producing the film through their respective production companies, Nine Stories and Freckle Films. Leitch’s production company, 87North Productions will be joining them alongside Ubisoft Film and Television.
At launch, The Division quickly became the fastest-selling new IP in video game history, and currently holds a player base of over 20 million players. The Division 2 launched in March 2019 to commercial and critical acclaim with new content being dropped frequently.
David Leitch is no stranger to franchise-based films after having directed films such as John Wick, Deadpool 2, and the upcoming Hobbes & Shaw starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
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