Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Ubisoft shared world shooter The Division.
Leitch is a stunt coordinator-turned-director who broke out with the cult hit John Wick, and followed that up with Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2.
As per Variety, the film won’t enter production until 2019, as Leitch is directing a Fast and Furious spinoff first.
Apparently Leitch got the gig because Deadpool 2 greatly impressed The Division's producers.
Last we heard, Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan (Gold) had signed on to write and direct the The Division, but Variety reports that he has left the project.
The film’s story sounds very similar to that of the game: a pandemic virus spread via money kills millions in New York City, and what’s left of society must be defended by a group of specially-trained civilians.
It will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, who have insisted that the film matches the tone of the video game.
Ubisoft recently announced that The Division has attracted more than 20 million players, and that a sequel will be unveiled at E3 next month.