The movie adaptation of Ubisoft's best-selling game Tom Clancy's The Division has found its leading man, and Jake Gyllenhaal is about to earn some serious XP and some major currency.
Variety is reporting today that the Source Code and Nightcrawler star is already locked in to play the lead role in The Division, but seeing as gamers play as a generic player character, it's basically a cert that the writers behind the movie will have to create an all-new protagonist for Gyllenhaal.
With Warcraft earning strong international box office success, Michael Fassbender's Assassin's Creed movie coming soon and Tom Hardy lined up to play the lead in an adaptation of Splinter Cell, it's fair to say that video game fever is descending upon Hollywood, and A-list names seem eager to jump on board.
What's interesting about that is that video game movies from the past decade or so have an entirely deserved reputation for being awful, but it feels as though studios are finally wising up to the fact that a well-made crossover between these two industries could earn them hundreds of millions (in its first week alone, The Division made an eye-watering $330m for Ubisoft).
A lot has been said about the fact that the media landscape is dominated by superheroes right now. They're everywhere. This year alone, Marvel, Fox and DC will release six superhero movies between them, with seven due in 2017. You can hardly swing a cat without colliding with Captain America or Batman (animal cruelty not endorsed).
So what happens when superhero fatigue sets in? An educated guess would be that video game heroes will at some point usurp the guys in capes as Hollywood's biggest money makers, and being one of the first of the new bunch could see The Division and Assassin's Creed become as big as the Marvel Cinematic Universe in time.
As with Assassin's Creed, the studio basically has the liberty to use The Division as a jumping-off point to create their own original story from the Tom Clancy game. Hopefully we'll have more of an idea soon about what exactly that involves.
For now, gamers can only guess as to which elements of the game will make the jump to the big screen. Check out the trailer for Assassin's Creed below to whet your appetite for video gaming's big Hollywood takeover.
Warcraft hits June 10 in the US, Assassin's Creed arrives on December 21, and you'll probably have to wait until 2018 for The Division — so just about enough time to exhaust the game and its DLC.