By now, it's common knowledge that videogame movies don't exactly have a spotless record compared to other mediums adapted for film such as comic books. Many are hoping for the videogame movie genre to enter its golden age and become a force to be reckoned with at the box-office. Warcraft, a recent game adaptation, came out this year and, much in the vain of BVS, has once again erupted into a war between fans and movie critics. Despite the constant scrutiny and screw-ups that have plagued many videogame adaptations, a little actor by the name of Jake Gyllenhaal has decided to dive into the seemly cursed film genre for a second time to bring Tom Clancy's The Division to the silver screen.
Here's the plot synopsis for the game:
On Black Friday In New York City, Bio-Terrorists release a modified strain of Smallpox called the "Green Poison" onto several amounts of currency bills. This results in the disease spreading rapidly and before long society in NYC has collapsed - resulting in the activation of the Strategic Homeland Division. The main focus of The Division is to keep peace and restore society while government scientists work on a cure. Multiple factions rise up struggling to take control of New York City, such as escaped inmates called Rikers, Cleaners who are mobilized sanitation workers trying to kill the disease on their own; and the Last Man Batallion - a private military company initially hired by Wall Street millionaires that is now comprised of mercenaries and a few rogue Division agents. The first wave of Division agents were either killed off or went Rogue by joining other factions. It's up to the second wave to make sure that order is restored.
The Division game series has a pretty intriguing premise. Who would've thought that the world would fall apart on a black friday while shoppers are too busy getting into fist-fights over plasma screen TV's? Apparently, that "Who" is Tom Clancy who made a name for himself with political/militaristic/conspiracy charged stories across a number of mediums. While Jack Ryan appears to be the crown Jewel of his life's work, The Division is just another memento from a man with a very creative and informed mind.
Jake Gyllenhaal is taking a huge risk by hopping aboard another videogame adaptation after Prince of Persia fizzled out at the box-office and was bombarded with scathing reviews. But one has to wonder...What was so enticing about this project that prompted Gyllenhaal to sign on? Is a he a fan of Tom Clancy's work? Did the source material intrigue him? Was he battling Rikers on his X-box when he received the fateful call over the phone? Who knows. Oddly enough, Just like Fassbender has his hands buried in Assassins Creed as a producer on the film, Gyllenhaal will also serve as a producer on The Division and that most likely means he will have a say on the choice of director and screenwriter for the project. Will Gyllenhaal strike gold with "The Division" or will he dig an even deeper hole for the struggling film genre? More information about the movie will be revealed as it becomes available.