Above all, Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions are developing a film adaptation of the hugely successful action-adventure game Ghost of Tsushima, with Chad Stahelski attached to direct. The game recently crossed a massive milestone of selling over 6.5 million copies since its July 2020 debut.
The game is developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Besides, it centers around samurai warrior Jin Sakai, the last surviving member of his clan. Secondly, who must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.
Firstly, Stahelski, Alex Young, and Jason Spitz are producing through their company 87Eleven Entertainment. Secondly, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan will produce on behalf of PlayStation Productions. Sucker Punch Productions will serve as Executive Producers. Peter Kang is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.
Ghost of Tsushima: Get ready for a storm
Ghost of Tsushima is PlayStation 4’s fastest-selling first-party original IP debut selling more than 2.4 million units worldwide in its first 3 days. The game was one of the top nominees for the Game Awards 2020 with several nominations.
Also, It includes Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, and Best Performer for Daisuke Tsuji. Besides, This will mark the second film to develop the partnership between Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions.
It comes with Uncharted, currently in post-production, and is released on February 11, 2022. Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are also developing the TV series The Last of Us for HBO, with Craig Mazin attached to write and executive produce.
Whenever the prospect of a new video game movie adaptation materializes, we usually run the gamut from “Oh hey cool” to “Oh, but probably it won’t be good” pretty fast. We’ve got years and years of movies like Assassins Creed, Doom, and Street Fighter tempering those expectations.
Though recently, the likes of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog to perk us up a bit. (Also, sidebar, the original Silent Hill movie is actually quite good.) But nothing has given us as much cautious optimism as the following: a Ghost of Tsushima movie is in the works of John Wick series director Chad Stahelski.
Of any recent video game, Ghost of Tsushima already feels very cinematic. The massive open-world allows players to traverse a damn near a real-size map of the actual Tsushima Island. Massive open vistas and scenic mountains fill the screen. In fact, there’s a specific “Kurosawa Mode” which makes the player feel like you’re playing a movie by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa.
The Bottom Line
Ghost of Tsushima will mark the second film to develop the partnership between Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions. Uncharted is currently in post-production and has a planned release date of February 11, 2022. The next two Wick films were to film back-to-back, but that’s no longer the case.
As noted, details on the movie are borderline non-existent. What we do know is that Stahelski is scheduled to being the filming of John Wick 4 soon, which means filming of Ghost of Tsushima is likely still a ways off.
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