Deadpool 2 Director Adapting A Video Game--This Should Go Well
Video game adaptations are always amazing. Always.
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If there's anything that never goes wrong even a little bit, it's video games being adapted into movies. Thankfully, it's a trend that doesn't seem to be slowing down as Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has signed on to add his own adaptation to the stack.
According to Variety, Leitch will direct The Division, based on the 2016 Tom Clancy video game. Already, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are signed on to star in the movie about a future in which New York City has been decimated by a virus. The story follows a group that attempts to save what's left of society and civilization.
While the idea could make for an interesting film, it's not as if video game adaptations have a great history in Hollywood. In fact, 2018 has already seen the arrival of two--Tomb Raider and Rampage. While Rampage has succeeded due to embracing how silly its concept is, Tomb Raider didn't fare so well at the box office. Of course, there's also Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., and numerous other bad video game adaptations--including Gyllenhaal's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Can Leitch break the trend?
Whatever the case, it's another project for an already very busy man. It was recently announced that Leitch would direct Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast and the Furious spin-off starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham. Deadpool 2, his next movie, hits theaters on May 18.