Deadline is exclusively reporting that Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions are developing a film adaptation of the popular 2020 video game Ghost of Tsushima, with Chad Stahelski attached to direct.
The story of the game centres around samurai warrior Jin Sakai, the last surviving member of his clan, who must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to wage an unconventional ware for the freedom of Tsushima.
Chad Stahelski, who has done numerous amounts of stunt work in film before directing the John Wick franchise, will be producing the project alongside Alex Young and Jason Spitz through their production banner 87Eleven Entertainment. Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan will also serve as producers on behalf of PlayStation Productions. Sucker Punch Productions will serve as executive producers, while Peter Kang will oversee the project on behalf of Sony Pictures.
Asad Qizilbash, Head of PlayStation Productions, released a statement saying:
We’re excited to be partnering with Chad and 87Eleven Entertainment, to bring their vision of Jin’s story to the big screen. We love working with creative partners like Chad, who have a passion for our games, ensuring we can create rich adaptations that will excite our fans and new audiences.
The video game itself had become PlayStation’s fastest selling first-party original IP debuts, selling more than 2.4m units worldwide on its first three days of release and has currently sold over 6.5m copies since its debut in July 2020. While the news of a film adaptation on the cards being exciting, as well as having a director that can handle action and knows how to film choreographed stunt work, it’s important to remember that the film won’t be instantly rolling just yet as Stahelski is about to start shooting the fourth film in the John Wick franchise.