The Division making its way to movies

Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly set to star in adaptation of post-pandemic military shooter

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ubisoft are reuniting. The star of 2010's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is set to helm another movie based on the publisher's work, as Variety reports that Gyllenhaal is on board to star in and produce a film based on Tom Clancy's The Division.

The project appears to be just getting underway, as Ubisoft is currently looking for a writer to tackle the script and has not yet shopped it around to studios.

While there's been no shortage of game-based film and TV projects, few publishers are as aggressive about the practice as Ubisoft, and even fewer have had as much success in seeing the projects through to completion. In addition to Prince of Persia, the Rabbids Invasion animated TV series has been running since 2013, and the Assassin's Creed film starring Michael Fassbender is set to arrive in theaters this December. However, that's just a portion of Ubisoft's potential slate. The company has also been working on films for Far Cry, Watch Dogs, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell.

The Division is an open-world shooter set in a plague-ravaged New York City in which players take the role of government agents seeking to restore order in the aftermath of societal collapse. Upon its release in March, The Division sold more copies in its first 24 hours on sale than any previous Ubisoft game. It went on to gross $330 million in its first five days, with 1.2 million concurrent users over the weekend.

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