Stephen Gaghan to Direct ‘The Division’ Movie Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain (EXCLUSIVE)

Stephen Gaghan the Division
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“Gold” director Stephen Gaghan is attaching himself to write and direct Ubisoft’s adaptation of its popular video game “The Divisionstarring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures will develop with Gyllenhaal’s and Riva Marker’s (“Beasts of No Nation”) Nine Stories and Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Developed and published by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, 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.


Jessica Chastain The Division

Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star With Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘The Division’ Adaptation

Ubisoft will package the project shopping it to studios. It currently has “Splinter Cell,” starring Tom Hardy, at New Regency and Fox.

“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,” Gaghan said. “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.”

Though he isn’t known for action-heavy tentpoles, the game does touch on global issues that would allow Gaghan to jump from that commentary to the intense setpieces that the game is known for.

Gaghan is repped by CAA.

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  1. Jesse Young says:

    This man wrote Call of Duty: Ghosts (considered by fans to be one of the worst instalments in the series).

    Let that sink in for a bit…

  2. I’ve seen few films based on video games that I’ve actually enjoyed and with Tom Clancy’s The Division being my current favorite game, I have high expectations of this film.

    I expect to see specific in-game weapons, grenades, iconic clothing, accessories (including the watch and communications device) along with character abilities and the holographic map.

    I really hope the story doesn’t just show the before and during of the outbreak then jump straight to after. I’d like to see good screen time given to before and during Black Friday – showing their normal lives to build realism and character and to show the impact of the outbreak.

    I’d also like some screentime dedicated to during the beginning stages of the outbreak. As society begins to collapse with the Rikers escaping and cleaners assembling etc. Then the main protagonist make his way to Camp Hudson – possibly meeting another agent – to then continue on to the JTF headquarter building (James Farley Post Office) meeting other agents before the main part of the story develops.

    Throughout the remaining screen time, i’d like to see an independent story develop that also ties into the backstory of the game. Link the phone recordings in with the film too.

    In addition, i’d love to see some little Easter Eggs in the film e.g a character moves along a car at some point and closing the door – Early fans of the game will understand how awesome this was.

    Finally, the TV show “Containment” seemed very similar to The Division but unfortunately the series lacked a good story and the acting overall was poor.

    Please don’t mess this up..

  3. Lucy in the sky with dismonds says:


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