With a movie based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise due out later this year, Ubisoft will be looking to gear up more of its properties as live-action movie franchises. The next potential prospect is Tom Clancy’s The Division. Not only that, the project reportedly has a big A-list star attached. According to Variety, Jake Gyllenhaal is currently attached to the film to both produce and star in the adaptation of the popular video game.
Ubisoft is collaborating with Red Storm Entertainment for the film. Both companies are looking for a writer to the script. The premise follows the outbreak of a deadly virus in New York City, with the city out of control due to gang warfare and a private military group trying to assert control. Under Directive 51, a group of elite agents for the Strategic Homeland Division are activated to go into the city and assist with the clean up and restoration of order.
While video game properties have a spotty track record as Hollywood film adaptations, the interest here is not surprising. The Division reportedly grossed $330 million in sales in its first five days of release. The game was one of the biggest new IP game launches in history. However, Gyllenhaal has some experience in this realm as well. He starred in the Prince of Persia movie, which was not all that successful and did not spawn any sequels.
It will be interesting to see how Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft are received this year, and if more details like this will continue. The Division is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.