In June 2016, it was announced that a live action feature film adaption of Tom Clancy’s The Division was in development, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the starring role. Gyllenhaal was set to co-produce the film with the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, Gerard Guillemot. By August of the same year, Jessica Chastain was cast in the co-starring role of the film.
By January 2017, Stephen Gaghan was attached to direct, then all went silent until we are updated in 2018 that Gaghan left the project. In April 2018, David Leitch signed on to direct/co-produce the film. Kelly McCormick, Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will co-produce.
According to an article by Giancarlo Varanini, April 19, 2018, via UbiSoft …
“David Leitch – the director of Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde – has been named as the director for the upcoming movie based on Tom Clancy’s The Division. Starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, The Division is set in a version of New York City decimated by a pandemic virus spread through cash exchanged all over the city on Black Friday. As Christmas draws near and the city descends into chaos, a group of civilians trained to respond to the crisis is activated to save the city. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories along with Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films, and David Leitch and Kelly McCormick of 8711 are also producing the film with Ubisoft Motion Pictures. Stephen Gaghan is no longer attached to the project.“
The following month, May 2018, VARIETY gives us a little more insight on the director’s mindset with this article The Division’ Director David Leitch on Breaking the Video Game Movie Curse, followed by an update on the production with this article by COMICBOOK The Division’ Movie “Aggressively Moving Forward,” Director Reveals. And now here we are, 9 months later without a word or at least the title added to David Leitch’s IMDB page. Talks of the film have gone SILENT … AGAIN!
I can only assume after the record breaking sales of the video game, UbiSoft has slowed on the film production hoping to increase the anticipation of the movie with the release of The Division 2. Tom Clancy’s The Division broke both UbiSoft and industry sale records during its March 2016 launch. Since then, the game has surpassed over 20 million players and a sequel, The Division 2, will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 15, 2019. If this title meets or surpasses the success of the it’s predecessor then we should see a major resurgence as far as the film production goes. But that’s just a theory or wishful thinking on my end.