After getting a positive reception to the Assassin’s Creed movie trailer, Ubisoft are now embarking on bringing another of their game franchises to the big screen. Today it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, End of Watch) would produce and star in a movie version of Tom Clancy’s The Division.
If you’re unfamiliar with the game, The Division is set in a near dystopian future where New York City has succumbed to a smallpox pandemic. You play an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division aka ‘The Division’, who is tasked with keeping order in the quarantined city, whilst trying to discover what may have cause the outbreak.
When it was released for PC and consoles in March this year, it took nearly £230 million in the first 5 days on sale, although, as is usual with this sort of online game, complaints about lack of content in the later levels have rather marred its reputation.
The studio is currently looking for a writer for the film, and no director is attached.
This will be the 3rd movie Ubisoft have developed from their games recently. Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, currently in post-production, is due out in December, and a Splinter Cell movie starring Tom Hardy due next year.