Set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a pandemic spread by paper money, the 2016 video game The Division saw players take on the role of an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division. As an agent, you were tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan by investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The intense game saw great success.
When it launched in March of 2016, the online-only action role-playing third-person shooter game became the fastest-selling new IP in video game history and currently has more than 20 million players. A sequel was released last year to similar success so it’s no surprise that a mere 3 months after the original game was released, a film adaptation was already in the works. However, it took a long time to get there.
While the powerhouse leads of Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain were cast almost immediately after the announcement in 2016, director David Leitch wasn’t announced until last year in 2018. Given Leitch’s action-heavy background since he co-directed the sleeper hit John Wick in 2014, including Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 (Along with Hobbs & Shaw which is being released this summer), he seems perfect to take on the project. Now, after another year it’s been confirmed at Ubisoft’s annual E3 press conference that the film has been acquired by Netflix for release.
This in no way is worrisome given the film hasn’t even begun filming yet. Simply put, Netflix is the best place for a video game adaptation to find success (Since it rarely happens in theater). Between the cast and the director, I’m confident the film will be an enjoyable experience for fans of Tom Clancy or action movie buffs in general. Stay tuned!