Director David Leitch Provides an Update on His Adaptation of ‘The Division’


Filmmaker David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde,” “Deadpool 2”) returns to cinemas this week with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” and during promotional rounds for that film he’s offered an update on other projects he has lined up.

Leitch has previously been linked to both an adaptation of the Daniel Freedman graphic novel “Undying Love” about a Hong Kong underworld full of monsters, and a Netflix film version of the hit Ubisoft video game franchise “The Division” which has both Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain slated to star.

Of “Undying Love,” he’s confirmed to Collider that Tommy Wirkola has gotten through the first draft of that script and the pair are working their way through the material. With “The Division,” things are also still in script stage though there’s a lot more oversight it would seem:

“We have The Division, which is an incredible property. Two great actors and producers on it—Jake [Gyllenhaal] and Jessica [Chastain]—we’re awaiting a script on it, and there’s a lot of people involved with that one, creative producers and actors, who have input on the script and then they have schedules, so we’ll see how that’s all going.

For things to come together when these attachments happen it’s usually a miracle in a sense. But I think there is a motivation from Netflix and from Jake and Jessica and myself to make it happen. And as the material comes together, is it the movie we all want to make and are excited about? And hopefully it is. We all loved the pitch and we all loved that world.”

Talking about the faithfulness of the adaptation, Leitch tells GamesRadar they want to keep the core of it intact even as there’ll be some surface changes:

“For me, the DNA of the game is great. The world is compelling and the visuals are stunning, but also the premise of the game has this human quality and positivity about it, in terms of restarting humanity. We want to stay true to those things. In terms of narrative, we’ll have to stray from the games, because it’s choose-your-own-adventure. We’ll have to pick a lane and we’re working on the script right now.”

“The Division” is set in the near future where a pandemic virus has 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 and so a group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains. Leitch and Rafe Judkins (“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”) are working on the script together for the film.