Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a big screen adaptation of Unisoft’s fastest selling video game, Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Set during the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic, the game is described as a “ground-breaking RPG experience that brings the genre into a modern military setting for the first time. In the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water, the city quickly descends into chaos.”
The player assumes the role of an agent for the Strategic Homeland Division, tasked with using his or her specialized skills to take back the city by rebuilding the Manhattan Division, finding out what caused the outbreak and combating crime in a dystopian atmosphere.
Unisoft, which is collaborating with Red Storm Entertainment to develop the film feature, is currently searching for a screenwriter to pen the script.
Video game-based movies continue to perform well. High profile films such as 2014’s Need for Speed and the newly released The Angry Birds Movie have attracted big audiences, and a number of other exciting titles, such as Assassins’ Creed and Splinter Cell, are on their way to theaters.
Jake Gyllenhaal will not only star in The Division, he is also set to produce the project. And it’s not his first experience with a video game adaptation. He also starred in 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on another Unisoft game.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen co-starring with Amy Adams in the suspense thriller Nocturnal Animals, out December 9.