Chad Stahelski, director of the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima live-action film, says he wants to “do it right,” referencing the often poor reception of video game adaptations on the big screen.
“We just want to do it right,” Stahelski said in an IGN exclusive interview on the red carpet for The Matrix: Resurrections. “You know how video game adaptions can go. So we’re taking our time and doing it right. We’re working very closely with the game developers to make sure we stick to what’s great about it.”
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Stahelski added that the Ghost of Tsushima production crew is still working on a script, and that fans of the game “would be very happy with what we’re working on.” He also said that playing Ghost of Tsushima “many times” was what drew him to the project.
As for casting decisions, Stahelski is similarly staying quiet on concrete decisions. When asked if Daisuke Tsuje, the english voice actor for protagonist Jin Sakai, would reprise his role, Stahelski said “we’ll see. We haven’t gotten that far yet.”
Stahelski is most known for directing all four current John Wick films, similarly starring Keanu Reeves. Stahelski’s Hollywood career largely focused on performing and coordinating stunts, including as Reeves’ stunt-double on The Matrix, stunt coordination on Matrix Revolutions and Reloaded, and as a fight choreographer on 300.
Stahelski is certainly keeping busy in the leadup to John Wick 4, currently in post-production, along with several other action-heavy films and TV series, like a Highlander remake starring Henry Cavill.
The existence of a Ghost of Tsushima film was reported in March 2021, along with the news that Sucker Punch’s Peter Kang would serve as an executive producer. The film is set to adapt the story of Jin Sakai, who rises from defeat as the titular “ghost” to liberate his home, the island of Tsushima, from Mongol invaders.
No release date has been set, and with Stahelski confirming that production is still in the scripting phase, don’t expect to hear much more concrete news for a while.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.