There is no slowing down for Deadpool 2 director, David Leitch, the filmmaker has just signed up to take the helm on Ubisoft’s video game adaptation of The Division. A film which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.
Based on the best-selling video game, the story is set in a near future where a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating New York City and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, is activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.
Leitch, alongside his producing partner, Kelly McCormick, will also produce the film through their 8711 banner. Also serving as producers are Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories and Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures.
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Gold’s Stephen Gaghan had previously been down to direct but has since left the project.
It was recently announced that Leitch would be directing the Fast and Furious spin-off with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. The movie is very much ready to start filming during the Autumn of 2018, so this takes priority over The Division. The video game adaptation is looking to go into production in 2019.
Since breaking from stunt coordination into filmmaking, Leitch has been hot property after he impressed with Atomic Blonde. His work with Charlize Theron clinched the deal to take the helm on the Deadpool sequel, which, in turn, saw Dwayne Johnson chomping at the bit to get the director to helm the Fast and Furious spin-off.