Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Ubisoft’s ‘The Division’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Jake Gyllenhaal the Division
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Following record-breaking sales, Ubisoft is already developing a movie based on its video game “Tom Clancy’s the Division,” and now looks to have an A-list star to lead the film.

Sources tell Variety that Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star in the pic based on the hit video game that has already become Ubisoft’s fastest-selling product.

Gyllenhaal is also attached as a producer, and the studio is currently looking for a writer to pen the adaptation. Ubisoft could not be reached for comment.

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Developed and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the third-person shooter is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic. The player, who is an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply “The Division,” 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.

Early reports had the game reaching $330 million dollars in sales in just five days, and that number has surely grown in recent weeks. Ubisoft will package the project, possibly adding one more actor to the mix before taking it out to studios. It currently has “Assassin’s Creed” starring Michael Fassbender in post-production at Fox and New Regency as well as “Splinter Cell” starring Tom Hardy at Paramount.

For Gyllenhaal, the move gives the actor the opportunity to step into a major tentpole following several prestige projects such as “Nightcrawler,” “Southpaw” and the upcoming “Nocturnal Animals.” In producing the movie, Gyllenhaal will also have the ability to be hands-on in the big-budget film.

Gyllenhaal can next be seen starring opposite Amy Adams in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” scheduled to open Nov. 18, 2016.

He will commence production on Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” and Daniel Espinosa’s “Life” later this year. Through his Nine Stories shingle, Gyllenhaal produced David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Stronger,” in which he also stars.

Gyllenhaal is repped by WME and Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott.

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  1. Jinglewhompus says:

    Please have there be a dream sequence where he is running into a fight and then randomly falls through the street. He continues to fall until he wakes up in a cold sweat. Maybe have him halucinate seeing Bullet King come around the corner over and over again. Things like this would be awesome nods to some of the horrific bugs we have suffered through to make this into a “hit video game”. I would actually go see this movie if it manages to poke enough fun at how bad some of the bugs have been.

  2. Timbo says:

    they so the success of Prince of Persia and had to just jump at this chance, right? Am I right, guys? Congrats on another preemptive dump.

  3. Ironman says:

    If the scriptwriters write themselves into a corner, I have the perfect ex-machina for them. Just have Jake deploy a mobile cover as he’s running at a wall and have him teleport through it like he’s fricking nightcrawler.

  4. Sophie cross says:

    Pmsl….. Kool I can’t wait to see the lead character run down the street and fall through the ground or magically walk through walls or just not do anything.
    Ubi$oft can rot in hell.

  5. alvaro808 says:

    Ubisoft needs money to combat Vivendi. What better way to do that than adapting your AAA games into AAA movies.

    Question is, what happens when the game you’re trying to adapt into film is “AAA?” The Division may be Ubi’s most profitable game to date, but I’m not so sure if it can be called their best game to date….

  6. Rae of fakenewspapersdotcom says:

    Jake’s hot as ever!! But the game?!

  7. Krighton says:

    The game is a massive fucking failure. If everyone was given the chance to do it over , they wouldn’t sell a 100 copies.

    The game has been riddled with so many bugs and very direct client side hacks that make any player invincible and able to 1 shot kill anyone else.

    Ubisoft continues to fail to provide proper communication, support and updates to address the hundreds of still functioning exploits and bugs.

    This game is a massive failure and many people are working on a lawsuit tover recoup Their investment.

    Do not buy and do not watch. It’s time we stop these corporate game studios from taking reckless financial advantage of players and gamers.

  8. Kt. says:

    Urban NYC/action thriller suits him better than ancient Persia anyway.

    This is what happens when people didn’t care about Demolition:DD

  9. louiedog says:

    Jake Gyllenhaal previously starred in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which was another Ubisoft property. I assume there’s a connection between these things.

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