Another video game franchise is looking to make its big screen debut. Ubisoft, the company behind the video game “Tom Clancy’s the Division,” is developing a film adaptation of the gaming phenomenon with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star, Variety reports.
The actor is also on board as producer of the project, with the studio currently looking for a writer to pan out the story. The video game is a third-person shooter that is set in a dystopian New York City after a smallpox pandemic. The player is referred as “The Division,” an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division who helps rebuild the Divisions operations, investigate the nature of the outbreak and combat the criminal activity.
“Tom Clancy’s the Division” became Ubisoft’s fastest-selling product, with early reports stating that the game had $330 million dollars in sales in just five days. The game was developed and published by the company, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Ubisoft will possible add one more actor before they shell it out to other studios. They are currently in post-production at Fox and New Regency with “Assassin’s Creed” starring Michael Fassbender and “Splinter Cell” with Tom Hardy at Paramount.
Gyllenhaal is also working on “Okja,” directed by Bong Joon Ho, a film about a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful company from kidnapping her best friend – who happens to be a monster named Okja. Later this year he will begin production on the Daniel Espinosa-directed film “Life” and can next be seen in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” opposite Amy Adams, out November 18.