Jake Gyllenhaal has reportedly become attached to star in the film adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game series “Tom Clancy’s The Division”.
Released earlier this year, the third-person shooter is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The player, an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, is tasked with helping to rebuild their operations in Manhattan – investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake.
The game racked up $330 million dollars in sales in just five days. Gyllenhaal is also attached as a producer on the film which is currently seeking a writer to pen the adaptation.
This marks the third film project Ubisoft has in the works based on one of their titles – the other two being the Michael Fassbender-led “Assassin’s Creed” and the Tom Hardy-led “Splinter Cell”.
Gyllenhaal previously starred in Disney’s film adaptation of the video game “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which scored mixed reviews – which is enough to make it easily one of the best received game-to-film adaptations to date.
He’ll shoot Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” and Daniel Espinosa’s “Life” later this year and appears in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” opening in November.