The record-breaking samurai saga Ghost Of Tsushima is set to be reimagined as a cinematic epic, with an exciting director at the helm too.

PlayStation Productions is on a roll at the moment. Not only has the long-gestating adaptation of the action-adventure franchise Uncharted completed production, with the release of the film planned for February 11th next year, but development is also underway on a prestige TV series based on the critically-acclaimed game series The Last Of Us.

It seems though that PlayStation Productions isn’t done there however, with news breaking that it’ll be teaming with Sony Pictures (naturally) to adapt the smash-hit, feudal-era samurai epic, Ghost Of Tsushima for the silver screen. What’s more, the film is slated to be directed by Chad Stahelski, the director of the John Wick films.

Yes please.

If you haven’t come across the game before, it’s perfect material for a series of films. The story has the potential to be utterly compelling as it follows a lone samurai, Jin Sakai, the last surviving member of his clan after the island of Tsuhima is wiped out by invading Mongol hordes.

Sakai is forced to resort to ‘less conventional’ fighting methods and forsake his honour to fight back as an assassin, to stand any chance of reclaiming his homeland. The filmic nature of the game could translate perfectly to cinema too, with the gorgeous locations and stunning fight sequences tailor-made for the big screen. The game itself actually features a Kurosawa mode, where you can play in a grainy black and white aesthetic in a style redolent of the Japanese director’s samurai epics. 

Asad Qizilbash, head of PlayStation Productions, said that “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.”

Stahelski will next be working on John Wick 4, which is set to shoot this summer, although whether he will immediately follow with the planned fifth film in the franchise is unclear because plans to shoot the two films back to back have been shelved due to ongoing concerns with the pandemic. 

Consider us very excited for this one. We’ll bring you more news on the Ghost Of Tsushima project as we hear it. 

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