Film adaption of Tom Clancy’s The Division in the works, Jake Gyllenhaal tapped as lead

By: Vamien McKalin
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Tom Clancy’s The Division is one of the newest video games to come out of Ubisoft. The title was launched to a lot of praise within the gaming community, but also to much scorn. That doesn’t matter much to Ubisoft because the company wants more out of the title than just a video game.

The latest report from Variety has it that Ubisoft is preparing to create a movie based on Tom Clancy’s The Division. Things seem to be moving pretty fast because a lead actor has already been found: Jake Gyllenhaal. It is possible he could also become a producer, but nothing is certain yet because the film still lacks a writer and a director.

Ubisoft seems to be making a concerted push to get its video game franchises onto the big screen. The company is working with 20th Century Fox to kick things off with Assassin’s Creed, and we’re certain if that movie turns out to be a hit, Tom Clancy’s The Division will no doubt find its director soon after.

Another video game franchise turned big blockbuster movie is the World of Warcraft series. The movie itself is called Warcraft, but unlike the game, we do not believe it will be successful: Critics are already destroying this film.

With the oversaturation of comic book movies, Hollywood might feel it needs another big money maker, and making movies based on video games could be the key. However, firsts thing first: the industry needs a few hits first, and Assassin’s Creed could be the opener.

We should also point out that Sony had a hand in the development of Ratchet and Clank movie that failed at the box office. The company will be hoping to change its fortunes with the 2016 movie, Sly Cooper, based on a video game franchise of the same name. Unfortunately, the film is being directed by Kevin Munroe, the same guy who directed Ratchet and Clank. Let’s see where that goes.

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