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'Ghost of Tsushima' movie adaptation in the works

By Christian Imperio Published Mar 26, 2021 9:48 am

Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions are reportedly developing a film adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima.

According to a report by Deadline, Sucker Punch Productions' massively successful samurai action-adventure game is being adapted into a movie, with John Wick director Chad Stahelski attached to helm the project.

Ghost of Tsushima is based on the first Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274. The game follows the story of Jin Sakai, one of the remaining samurais who survived the invasion of Tsushima. In order to free the island from the grip of the fearsome Mongol Empire, Jin needs to set aside his samurai traditions and learn the way of the Ghost.

Stahelski, who will soon begin production on John Wick 4, will produce the movie with 87Eleven Entertainment's Alex Young and Jason Spitz, according to Deadline. Sucker Punch Productions will serve as executive producer while Peter Kang will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

“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," PlayStation Productions head Asad Qizilbash said.

The game has already sold 6.5 million copies worldwide since its debut last year. The game won Best Art Direction during the Game Awards 2020 and also received several nominations including Game of the Year, Game Direction and Best Performance for Daisuke Tsuji.

"We are happy to partner with Sony Pictures to make this happen. And Jin is in very good hands with the film’s director. Chad Stahelski created something special with John Wick. His vision for what could be, backed up by years of experience, combined to create some of the finest action scenes ever created. If anyone could bring to life the razor-sharp tension of Jin’s katana combat, it’s Chad Stahelski," Ghost of Tsushima game director Nathan Fox said in a PlayStation Blog post.

Ghost of Tsushima is the latest video game franchise from PlayStation Productions that will get a movie adaptation. Soon to debut in the big screen is Naughty Dog's Uncharted series with Tom Holland playing the titular role. The studio's post-apocalyptic video game The Last of Us is also being adapted into a TV series by HBO, with Game of Thrones alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey portraying the roles of Joel and Ellie. Aside from that, a Metal Gear Solid movie is also in development, with Oscar Isaac set to star as Solid Snake.