Director Chad Stahelski is joined by Takashi Doscher to adapt the record-breaking samurai PlayStation game, Ghost Of Tsushima.
Sony’s PlayStation Productions studio is really moving at the moment. Uncharted has released to decent reviews and a solid box office performance, meaning it’s all but certain we’ll be getting a follow-up. Production is also well underway on a prestige TV series based on the critically-acclaimed game series The Last Of Us that will be with us next year.
We’ve also known for around a year now that Sony’s division that focuses on adapting popular PlayStation games into screen properties has been developing the samurai epic Ghost Of Tsushima for the big screen. We also know the film is slated to be directed by Chad Stahelski, the director of the John Wick films.
News has now surfaced (via Deadline) that Takashi Doscher will be penning the script.
Doscher’s last screenplay, Blue, is currently being developed at MGM and is said to be a subversive take on a Japanese monster movie. Before that, Doscher wrote and helmed romantic the sci-fi romance, Only, starring Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr.
If you haven’t come across Ghost Of Tsushima before, it’s perfect material for a series of films. The story has the potential to be utterly compelling as it follows a lone samurai, Jin Sakai, the last surviving member of his clan after the island of Tsuhima is wiped out by invading Mongol hordes.
Sakai is forced to resort to ‘less conventional’ fighting methods and forsake his honour to fight back as an assassin, to stand any chance of reclaiming his homeland. The filmic nature of the game could translate perfectly to cinema too, with the gorgeous locations and stunning fight sequences tailor-made for the big screen. The game itself actually features a Kurosawa mode, where you can play in a grainy black and white aesthetic in a style redolent of the Japanese director’s samurai epics.
Meanwhile, Stahelski is currently working on John Wick 4, which is in post-production. The filmmaker also has a remake of Highlander on the slate too, so we’ll have to wait and see where Ghost Of Tsushima fits into his plans. We’re still very excited for this one. We’ll bring you more news on the Ghost Of Tsushima project as we hear it.
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