In a rather surprising announcement today, Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions have announced that a film based on the popular PS4 title Ghost of Tsushima is currently in production with John Wick director Chad Stahelski helming the project. Developer Sucker Punch Productions will be attached as producers on the film with Peter Kang overseeing the film on behave of the studio.
Ghost of Tsushima on the big screen! We’re huge fans of Chad Stahelski and can’t wait to see his take on Jin's journey! https://t.co/4g1gmDL67I
— Ghost of Tsushima 🎮 Sucker Punch Productions (@SuckerPunchProd) March 25, 2021
Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions, told the press, “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 audience.”
For those unfamiliar with the game, Ghost of Tsushima follows the story of samurai Jin Sakai during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. In his struggle to fight back the ruthless invaders, Jin forgoes his samurai code and becomes “The Ghost” to protect his people and drive out this new threat. It featured a fairly typical Hollywood-esque story, so it should make for a rather straightforward adaptation to the big screen.
What’s interesting is that Stahelski was nabbed by Sony for the project. With production on John Wick 4 and 5 still underway, I would have figured he would be too busy to do another film. All that likely means we won’t be seeing this video game adaptation until possibly 2023 or 2024. It may end up coinciding with the release of a sequel, which would be perfect marketing.