Stephen Gaghan, the Academy Award-winning writer of films like Syriana and Traffic, has signed on to helm Ubisoft Entertainment’s movie based on Tom Clancy’s The Division.
The Hollywood adaptation of the successful 2016 game is currently in development, with Gaghan one of just a few big names attached thus far. Although he’s better known for his work as a screenwriter — he won the Oscar for Syriana’s script, which he also directed — Gaghan has also sat behind the camera on several occasions. He most recently directed the Golden Globe-nominated Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Gaghan even has a video game under his list of credits. He scripted Call of Duty: Ghosts, the 2013 entry in the popular first-person shooter franchise. Perhaps that’s what prepared him for The Division, which will reimagine the New York City-set third-person shooter for the big screen.
“The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape they created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan,” Gaghan said in a press release. “It’s immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities.”
Also attached to The Division are Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, whom Ubisoft confirmed were involved with the project last summer.
On the gaming front, The Division has more content ahead of it. A third expansion pack, Last Stand, is forthcoming, following a delay.