By: John M Jerva
Netflix’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy video game The Division is getting a new director in Rawson Marshall Thurber who is best known for directing Netflix’s Red Notice which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Thurber also directed Johnson and Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence as well.
David Leitch was attached to direct the film but had to step down due to scheduling conflicts with his current action project Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt. Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) was the first one eyed to helm the film but was eventually replaced by Leitch so Thurber is the latest one for the movie. Leitch and Kelly McCormick are still producing via their 87North production banner.
The Division, the best selling video game, centers on “the near future where a pandemic virus is spread via paper money on Black Friday, decimating the city of New York and killing millions. By Christmas, what’s left of society has descended into chaos. A group of civilians, trained to operate in catastrophic times, are activated in an attempt to save who and what remains.”
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are still attached to Star in the Netflix adaptation.
I’m a little bummed that Leitch isn’t directing anymore but I figured with all the projects he’s been attached to that this was bound to happen. Thurber hopefully will deliver a decent adaptation and action set pieces and the movie definitely has star power for Netflix.