Ubisoft announced today that Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan will write and direct The Division movie, starring Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain.
Gaghan won an Oscar for writing Traffic, a crime drama released in 2000, and was also the writer for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
In a statement, Ubisoft Motion Pictures CEO Gerard Guillemot said, “we are really excited to bring Stephen’s unique vision of the game to film audiences around the globe.”
Ubisoft Motion Pictures Vice President Matt Phelps added: “We can’t wait for Stephen’s remarkable passion and talent to bring the astonishing world of The Division to life.”
Gaghan has released his own statement, confirming that he is eager to work with Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Massive Entertainment on the movie. Gaghan said, “they’re great guys, exceptionally creative, and willing to take risks.”
“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.”
On the stars of the movie, Gaghan added, “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.”
As a fan of The Division, I’m quietly optimistic about the movie. With Oscar nominees as stars and an Oscar winning Director/Writer who understands the video game world, there’s the potential that The Division movie could be something special.