Writer-director Stephen Gaghan to helm The Division.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are set to star in Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ adaptation of the popular video game, The Division. Stephen Gaghan, the director of Syriana, Gold and screenwriter of  the Oscar-winning Traffic, will write and direct the film.

Released in 2016, The Division is a third-person online-only shooter set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a devastating smallpox outbreak. Players form part of the Strategic Homeland Division, an organisation tasked with restoring order and finding the cause of the pandemic.

“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,” said Gaghan. “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.”

Ubisoft Motion Pictures brought its first video game adaptation to cinemas earlier this month when it released Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, and is currently working on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs, with several other projects awaiting the green light.

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