With the Uncharted movie currently in post-production and The Last of Us TV series in development at HBO, Sony is continuing to pursue more Hollywood projects based on their biggest video game franchises. Whether any of these will pan out as truly great adaptations remains to be seen but now this week they have made another promising announcement. Sony is reportedly planning a feature film based on the 2020 smash hit Ghost of Tsushima, a samurai-themed action-adventure game from Sucker Punch Productions that has now sold 6.5 million copies. John Wick co-director Chad Stahelski is attached to helm the movie. The game’s plot synopsis is as follows:
“In the late 13th century, the Mongol empire has laid waste to entire nations along their campaign to conquer the East. Tsushima Island is all that stands between mainland Japan and a massive Mongol invasion fleet led by the ruthless and cunning general, Khotun Khan.
As the island burns in the wake of the first wave of the Mongol assault, samurai warrior Jin Sakai stands as one of the last surviving members of his clan. He is resolved to do whatever it takes, at any cost, to protect his people and reclaim his home. He must set aside the traditions that have shaped him as a warrior to forge a new path, the path of the Ghost, and wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Tsushima.”
The opportunity to do a modern, big budget samurai movie is a pretty compelling one and Chad Stahelski definitely has the action credentials to do something cool with it. Unlike his John Wick directing partner David Leitch, Stahelski has really only directed John Wick movies up until now (he is about to start production on part 4) but he has been attached to a few other projects like a Highlander reboot. Here’s hoping this one actually gets off the ground. Are you excited to see Ghost of Tsushima come to the big screen?