Chad Stahelski says he’s taking his time with the Ghost Of Tsushima adaptation
Historically, few films have successfully adapted stories originally conceived for videogame enjoyment to the big screen, either by taking too many licenses from the original material or for other reasons. Combating this idea is the number one goal of Ghost of Tsushima’s director, fellow John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who says he’s taking his time to deliver a product that lives up to the hype.
“We just want to get it right,” Stahelski said, as quoted by IGN. “You know how video game adaptations can go. So we’re taking our time, and we’re doing it right. We’re working very closely with the game developers [Sucker Punch Productions and PlayStation] to make sure we stick to what’s good,” he added. Obviously, there’s still a lot of work ahead, with a script still being written, but Stahelski believes fans will be satisfied.
The director also declined to comment on whether Daisuke Tsuji, the voice actor for Jin Sakai in the PS4 and PS5 video game, will be part of the cast of the film adaptation: “We’ll see. We haven’t got that far yet.”
The Ghost of Tsushima film was confirmed earlier this year as part of Sony Pictures’ plans to leverage PlayStation IPs in film and TV. Uncharted, starring Tom Holland, opens in cinemas on 18 February, and a series of The Last of Us will follow on HBO Max later in the year. Chad Stahelsk is a self-professed video game fan and has plenty of experience in action films, including credits as a director on the John Wick saga and fight scene choreographer on 300 and Ninja Assassin, to name but two projects. You can read our review of the game here.