Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan has signed on to write and direct the cinema adaptation of Ubisoft's online shooter The Division.

"I'm excited to work with Ubisoft Motion Pictures [...] to bring The Division to the big screen," Gaghan told Variety. "They’re great guys, exceptionally creative, and willing to take risks."

On The Division itself, Gaghan called the game "an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape they created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan. It's immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities."

"We all feel the story Ubisoft created is more relevant than ever," he concluded.

Gaghan won his Oscar for writing Traffic, before going on to direct acclaimed political thriller Syriana and last year's Golden Globe-nominated adventure drama Gold.

He also has prior video game experience, having served as a writer on Call of Duty: Ghosts in 2013.

Currently attached to star in the film are former Academy Award nominees Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) and Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Zero Dark Thirty).

Ubisoft Motion Pictures' most recent production, Assassin's Creed, only scored a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, despite being better-made than most video game adaptations.

While a borderline flop in the United States, the film has performed better internationally, racking up a US$186m box office take to date.

The Division is currently undated.