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Deadpool 2 Director Boards The Division Adaptation

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is staying in his zone of action movies, boarding the adaptation of Ubisoft's shared world shooter Tom Clancy's The Division, starring Jake Gyllenhal and Jessica Chastain.

Leitch, whose previous work includes the first John Wick film, last year's Atomic Blonde and the upcoming Fast and Furious spinoff film Hobbs and Shaw, will succeed the previously attached Stephen Gagan (Gold). With Hobbs and Shaw expected to go into production in the fall for a 2019 release, Variety reports Leitch would begin work on The Division sometime next year.

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Released in 2016, The Division is one of multiple titles under Ubisoft's Tom Clancy label. In the game's near future, New York City has been isolated from the outside world following a virus that spread during Black Friday. As a member of a team of civilians trained to operate in catastrophic times, players work together to save what remains of the city and stop any domestic threats attempting to take advantage of the chaos.

Leitch, a former stunt coordinator whose director credits also include John Wick and Atomic Blonde, will produce the adaptation with his partner Kelly McCormick under their 8711 banner, alongside Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories, Chastain and Kelly Carmichael of Freckle Films, and Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

A video game sequel, The Division 2, was announced last month for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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