Variety exclusively reports that Ubisoft is currently developing a film adaptation of their video game Tom Clancy’s The Division, which has Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star.
The video game is a third-person shooter set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The player is an Agent of the Strategic Homeland Division and is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake.
The game is set to be a huge moneymaker for Ubisoft as early reports indicate that the game is set to earn around $330m within its first week of release. The studio currently is working on post-production for Assassin’s Creed at Fox and then there’s the Splinter Cell film at Paramount starring Tom Hardy still in the works. Studio is currently on the lookout for a writer to pen the script.
The report also adds that Gyllenhaal is attached as a producer, which I also find interesting as Gyllenhaal recently seems to be interested in getting more hands on in future projects (under his Nine Stories productions banner) and getting involved in such a big-budget film, let alone a video game to film adaptation, makes me more curious about The Division.