Well, that was fast. The tactical online shooter game Tom Clancy’s The Division from Ubisoft is already turning into a motion picture with Jake Gyllenhaal attached as both star and producer, via Variety. Set in a dystopian New York after a crippling outbreak, The Division is one of 2016’s best-selling games grossing over $300 million worldwide.
The speed with which The Division is arriving in theaters should also be a record. It’s uncommon that a video game, even one as successful as The Division, would get the Hollywood treatment so quickly after release. Originally scheduled to release in 2015, several delays plagued the game until The Division debuted on March 8 of this year for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Besides the quick development, The Division will also confront a historically bad track record of video game movies. This year alone saw disappointing adaptations in Angry Birds and Ratchet & Clank. Warcraft, releasing on June 10, has already been pummeled by critics and sits at a “rotten” 25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Gyllenhaal himself also starred in the 2010 movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Disney’s adaptation of the Ubisoft game about a time-manipulating warrior in ancient Persia. A critical and box-office disappointment, the movie failed to launch “the next Pirates of the Caribbean” like the studio hoped.