'Syriana' Director on Board for 'The Division' Movie

Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan will tackle Ubisoft's open-world shooter spin-off

George Clooney in Syriana, Gaghan's 2005 thriller Credit: Warner Bros.

Ubisoft has just signed up a serious director for its next movie project, an adaptation of online, open-world shooter Tom Clancy's The Division. Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan will write and direct the movie, which will star Jessica Chastain and former Prince Of Persia Jake Gyllenhaal.

Gaghan has made a name for himself with heavyweight subject matter, which gives us a hint at the direction Ubisoft is hoping for with this project. He won an Oscar for his writing on Traffic in 2000 and more recently wrote and directed political thriller Syriana which starred George Clooney.

“I’m excited to work with Ubisoft Motion Pictures and collaborate with their team at Massive Entertainment to bring The Division to the big screen. They’re great guys, exceptionally creative, and willing to take risks,” Gaghan told Variety.

“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. 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.”

The plot of The Division game features a the Strategic Homeland Division of the title, a smallpox pandemic and a the aforementioned devastated Manhattan, which should translate very nicely to the big screen.

The news comes as Ubisoft's last big screen adaptation, Assassin's Creed, is still showing in movie theatres.