The Division Movie to Star Jake Gyllenhaal - Report

Ubisoft Motion Pictures is currently on the hunt for a writer.


Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, and End of Watch actor Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a movie adaptation of Tom Clancy's The Division, it has been reported.

According to Variety, Ubisoft has started developing the movie, and Gyllenhaal is attached as both lead actor and producer. The company is currently looking for a writer to pen the script, the site adds.

Gyllenhaal is no stranger to working with Ubisoft gaming franchises, as he previously played the lead in Disney's adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Ubisoft recently established an internal movie division and has a total of six movies based on its most popular gaming franchises in development. These include Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, and Far Cry.

While movies adapted from video games have a bad reputation, Ubisoft hopes to change this by retaining creative control of its projects.

"The best way to [make sure a video game movie doesn't fall flat] is to make sure you control what is important in movie creation," Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot previously said.

"It's the scenario and the cast and the director. And if you are capable of negotiating with those guys in the movie production studios, making sure they are on the same page as you, that they understand the IP-- what is strong, what makes it interesting for the gamers--then you can create something that will match people's expectations."

Its first major motion picture adaptation is Assassin's Creed, which opens on December 21, a week after Star Wars spinoff Rogue One comes out.

Film company Fox reportedly has plans for two Assassin's Creed movie sequels.

"It's not a one-off," producer Pat Crowley recently said. "Everybody expects that this movie will continue."

The Division has proved to be one of Ubisoft's most successful video game launches, having generated more than $330 million worldwide in its first five days on sale, becoming the company's fastest-selling game ever.

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Why in gods name? A mediocre game, with terrible characters and virtually zero story..... hope vivendi does buy you out, fucking hacks.

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if assassins creed is a good movie then i cant dismiss something like the division, even though i wasted 60 bucks on it

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Why? why the hell does division deserve a movie? it wasn't even that good of a game.

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Will it have a day 1 patch?

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i really do hope these movies turn out great.. cause as mentioned, these kind of movies don't have a good rep.

But still, i hope for the best!

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Is it going to take two clips to kill someone? Three point blank shotgun blasts?


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Isn't it the other way around? Seems like video games based on movies have a bad rep.

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@chewbacca72: it's both

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I feel like the movie will do much better than the game is this kind of setting.

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I feel sorry for Jake Gyllenhaal this is going to ruin his career because The Division is straight up GARBAGE!!!

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@Nyc-WiLL: it is vice versa. Actually jake ruined the hype for good movies based on video games when he did Prince of Persia. Plus I don't see why many comments are bashing the devision. It is a very successful game and it did something crazy with shooters. Anyways although I loved the game and still play it daily since launched I can't see why they should do a movie based on it. The idea of the game where people try to survive a disaster in new York has been overdone in both a movies and game so I hope they don't put their money on it and if they did i hope they find a better actor

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@munjed: Sadly prince of Persia (lmao) mite be the best video game movie ever sad.

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@fallkan: Wow just read the rest of your comment. So your a jackass with terrible taste..... "The division did something crazy with a shooter" are you retarded? " hope they find a better actor" oh you are retarded. " I still play the division every nite" or your retarded and will play anything, good stuff dumb dumb.