Any gaming buff will know exactly what The Division is. It is Tom Clancy's online-only action role-playing video game that was released in 2016. It was developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft. Set in a near future New York City, it is the aftermath of a viral pandemic.
In the game itself, the player takes on the role of a Special Agent of the Strategic Homeland Division. The task is to help the group rebuild its operations in Manhattan. As well as investigate the nature of the outbreak, and combat criminal activity in its wake.
It was a massive commercial success and broke the company's record for the highest number of first-day sales and generated an estimated $330 million globally in its first week.
And now it is being turned into a movie for Netflix!
Superstars Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal are on board in the lead roles. They are also set to produce it alongside director David Leitch with Rafe Judkins adapting the screenplay.
Will it stick the premise of the original game? Well, the logline goes like this:
In the near future, a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.
Jake Gyllenhaal appears to be delving into the production side of things a little bit more these days. To date, he has five producing credits but has a whopping 11 more projects on the way including The Devil Of All Time and Good Joe Bell.
Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, who also stars in Molly's Game, can also be seen in the upcoming IT Chapter 2. Director David Leitch is credited with bringing Deadpool 2 to the big screen and also directs the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
Netflix definitely knows how to pick them. The Division is currently in pre-production with no scheduled date for release just yet.