Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Division Movie Signed Deadpool 2 Director

In the industry of film-making, director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) is becoming a big name these days. Started as stunt coordinator for movies like Captain America: Civil War and The Bourne Ultimatum, he later co-directed John Wick in 2014. Then he took on two films to direct on his own. Seeing his growing reputation, Ubisoft decided to pick him to direct their upcoming movie adaptation of The Division.

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The Division Movie Signed Deadpool 2 Director

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Tom Clancy's The Division was based on an aftermath of a smallpox virus outbreak in New York that killed millions. It was spread through paper money during Black Friday and ended up turning Manhattan into a quarantine zone. Whatever remains of the society now looks up to Special Agents from Strategic Homeland Division for help surviving. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Source Code) and Jessica Chastain (Mama, Zero Dark Thirty) are already cast in lead roles for the film.

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Originally Stephen Gaghan (Gold, Syriana) was announced as director for the film but since he stepped down, Leitch is roped in as his replacement. As his first solo movie, he directed Charlize Theron starrer Atomic Blonde that came out in 2017. His second project Deadpool 2 is awaiting release on May 16, 2018 featuring stars like Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin and Zazie Beetz. Soon, David Leitch will get busy with Atomic Blonde 2 and Fast & Furious spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw before working on this movie.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain for Division Movie

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When developer Ubisoft released The Division back in 2016 PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it has grown to become one of their best-selling titles ever by earning $300 million worldwide. This led to a sequel; The Division 2 in development that was announced last month. Adapting the game into a movie has now been in works for too long, even after Gaghan was hired as a director by Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

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For years, translating video game into motion picture or any other media has led to a history of train wreck. Things are changing for good with Netflix’s Castlevania series and 1986 arcade game movie version of Rampage lately. Although The Division does not contain a plot that would offer character development but it surely has the potential to appeal to audience as a great action movie otherwise. With names like Chastain and Gyllenhaal attached to this project, it may finally break the haunting video game curse.