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The Division may be turned into a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal

The Division may be turned into a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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Another Ubisoft video game could be making the jump to theaters — Variety reports that a movie based on post-pandemic shooter The Division is in the works, with Jake Gyllenhaal set to star. It looks to be very early in development, however, with no writer or director yet attached to the film.

The Division might not have the same recognition as other Ubisoft series like Far Cry or Assassin's Creed, but the French publisher has been making a concerted effort to turn the new franchise into its next big property — and a film adaptation could go a long way towards achieving that. The company also claims that the game, which first launched in March, has been a big hit. According to Ubisoft, The Division had the highest first-day sales of any title in the company's history (though it hasn't revealed specific sales numbers), and took in an estimated $330 million over its first five days.

Of course, as the history of game-to-film adaptations has shown, big sales don't necessarily mean a box office hit. Ubisoft saw moderate success with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (which also starred Gyllenhaal) in 2010, but that film was based on a beloved series that debuted in 1989. The game publisher is making another stab at conquering the film world later this year: an Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender is coming to theaters in December.