Ghost Of Tsushima | Director says the film adaptation is ‘very close’ to production

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We’re still not sure whether the film adaptation of hit videogame Ghost Of Tsushima or a Highlander remake will come next from director Chad Stahelski.

Anybody assuming that John Wick director Chad Stahelski may have finally made his mind up regarding his next project may want to check their expectations. Over the last couple of years whilst Stahelski was working on the fourth film in the John Wick series, he was connected to lots and lots of projects. Over time, that list was gradually honed down to two: a long-gestating Highlander remake or an adaptation of the popular PlayStation samurai adventure, Ghost Of Tsushima. 

Earlier this week, we reported that the Henry Cavill-led Highlander project had been been picked up at the American Film Market by Lionsgate, suggesting that this would be Stahelski’s next project. That could well be the case, but the filmmaker has been chatting to Screen Rant this week, disclosing that his Ghost Of Tsushima take is very close to entering production too.

“We have a script, we’re very close to getting our s–t together on that, as well,” said Stahelski. “Development is always tricky, it’s studios, it’s strikes, and availabilities, and scouting. You have to will things into existence. I think the two things that I am closest and most interested in are Highlander and Ghost Of Tsushima. Both amazing, amazing properties, the story of Ghost is, also, one of my favourite properties of all time.”

As the memorable line from 1986’s Highlander goes, ‘There can be only one” and at some point soon, Stahelski is surely going to have to choose which project to pursue first and which one to place on the backburner.

Ghost Of Tsushima is set on the titular island in 13th century Japan. Following an invasion by the Mongol Empire, samurai Jin Sakai tests the rigid samurai code of honour by battling his enemies as the shadowy ‘Ghost’. Stahelski has talked in the past about the title’s Kurosawa influences as well as wanting to use the Japanese language for the film.

Whenever Chad Stahelski definitely does decide which project is coming next, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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