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Jake Gyllenhaal starring in film adaptation of The Division

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Jake Gyllenhaal heading up Division film

Ubisoft is busy wrapping things up for their debut of the Assassin’s Creed film later this year, and it seems it’s not the only one of its IPs that might get the movie treatment. Reports are surfacing that suggest The Division is next in line, with Nightcrawler stalwart Jake Gyllenhaal up for the lead role. Not only that, but Gyllenhaal could in fact be producing the flick too – if it ever gets to the stage of reality.

The Division film isn’t set in stone just yet, with the project apparently still needing to attract a writer and one or two other star actors before being properly pitched. Those are not easy things to do, but it does make sense in the context of the game’s setting. The Division – which follows a group of agents sent to restore order to the lawless streets of New York after a terrorist attack involving plague infected money devastates the population – is a lot easier to adapt than Assassin’s Creed, with all the ammo needed for a grounded, gritty take on the post-apocalyptic future. Because we haven’t had so many other similar films like that before.

Although, it makes sense from both perspectives. Not only was The Division a lore-rich experience, the game did absurdly well for Ubisoft (and continues to still). It’s still the record holder for the best selling new IP based on first week sales, and Ubisoft are excited at the idea of keeping it alive for the foreseeable future. Making a film tie into that certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea, with the right people behind it.

It is amusing though that Jake Gyllenhaal of all people is already linked to the project. Gyllenhaal was of course involved in one of Ubisoft’s first videogame to film efforts, staring as the mysterious Prince of Persia a few years back. It was definitely a videogame movie in all the worst ways, but here’s to hoping that The Division can shake those past perceptions off and deliver something engaging.

Firstly though, let’s hope Assassin’s Creed can break the trend.

Last Updated: June 2, 2016

38 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    June 2, 2016 at 12:38

  2. Admiral Chief Protector

    June 2, 2016 at 12:42

    The Division would make for an epic movie.

    The protag should have some words this time around at least, and not just nod like an idiot

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 2, 2016 at 12:43

      The story is there, the gameplay not so much

      Reply

      • Greylingad[He Charges!]

        June 2, 2016 at 12:44

        More so, the idea was there, the story was not really that great, seeing as it ended somewhere between prologue and introduction…

        Reply

      • Ottokie

        June 2, 2016 at 12:45

        Day 2 of the outbreak… and it’s still Black Friday

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief Protector

        June 2, 2016 at 12:45

        Gameplay is fun, I like it.
        Story is really good actually.

        I really can’t see the hate for this game

        (apart from the mess of the DZ)

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          June 2, 2016 at 12:47

          I got tired of the mediocre grind

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            June 2, 2016 at 12:47

            When last did you play?

            Did the new incursion last night, was really fun

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            June 2, 2016 at 12:47

            In fact, I redid with the same squad 3 more times after that

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            June 2, 2016 at 12:49

            Do you by any chance partake in long distance marathons? You definitely have the level of endurance required for it!

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            June 2, 2016 at 12:56

            I endure all you crazy folk each day, my END stat is over 9k

          • Pariah

            June 2, 2016 at 12:49

            To be fair, you love Warframe and Warframe is grind city.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            June 2, 2016 at 12:57

            True, and Deon hates Warframe, so that explains a bit.

            (Probably bullied by the skateboard kids in school. However, seeing his size, they had to have been very intimidating)

          • Pariah

            June 2, 2016 at 12:59

            O_o

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            June 2, 2016 at 13:01

            What? Not calling him fat, just, large

          • Darren Peach

            June 2, 2016 at 15:48

            Leave the Skateboard kds alo…… Actually, Skater kids are rude.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 2, 2016 at 12:49

            Months ago, because Doom and Uncharted

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            June 2, 2016 at 12:50

            Ooooh, yes, Doom is simply brilliant, at least the SP side of it…

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            June 2, 2016 at 12:58

            Well, if you still have it, give it a shot. It is not that bad

    • Pariah

      June 2, 2016 at 12:44

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 2, 2016 at 12:44

        LOOOOOOOOL!

        Reply

  3. Greylingad[He Charges!]

    June 2, 2016 at 12:43

    The main reason why film adaptations of games don’t work is because the games are usually very good, exceptional in some cases, so you’d struggle to top the experience, now, if you’re going to do a movie of The Division, if the film is worse than the movie, then you’ve really, as in squarely in the face with a rock made of silicon carbine, hit rock bottom….

    Reply

  4. HairyEwok

    June 2, 2016 at 12:58

    Will he level up and glitch through the world as well?

    Reply

    • Pariah

      June 2, 2016 at 12:59

      Nah he’ll hack and shoot you in 1 shot through 24 buildings from across the city.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Protector

        June 2, 2016 at 13:00

        ^This

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      June 2, 2016 at 13:00

      If he gets shot, a friend will revive him with a watch!

      Reply

  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 2, 2016 at 13:12

    90 minutes of Jake doing jumping jacks.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Protector

      June 2, 2016 at 13:25

      xD

      Reply

  6. AfricanTime

    June 2, 2016 at 13:15

    if it has gemma arterton is, than i am in

    Reply

  7. Anon A Mouse

    June 2, 2016 at 13:16

    Lots and lots of tea bagging, Michael Bay style

    Reply

    • Greylingad[He Charges!]

      June 2, 2016 at 13:29

      Michael Bay and explosions go hand in hand, so explosive tea bagging…

      Reply

  8. Andre Fourie

    June 3, 2016 at 07:57

    Would make for a better TV series than movie in my opinion, as there are so many areas to cover. I think these are just rumours at this stage anyway.

    Reply

  9. Avithar

    June 3, 2016 at 08:56

    will there be random guys trolling doorways?

    Reply

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