Filmmaker Chad Stahelski, best known for directing the John Wick movies, has provided a brief update on the Ghost of Tsushima adaptation. A film based on Sucker Punch's open world samurai epic was announced a couple of years ago, and new comments from Stahelski give us a better idea of how far along the project is.
Speaking to Screen Rant, Stahelski — who's directing and producing on the Ghost movie — says they "have a script", and that the team is "very close to getting our sh*t together". He adds that development of the film has been "tricky", elaborating that "it's studios, it's strikes, and availabilities, and scouting" contributing to slower progress. "You have to will things into existence."
He goes on to further comment on his love for Ghost of Tsushima, labelling it one of the things to which he's "closest and most interested in". He calls it "one of my favourite properties of all time".
It's not the first time he's shared his passion for the game. Stahelski did much the same in an interview earlier in the year, going on to talk about condensing the game's story into a two hour film. "...Like that's the real challenge, how to take so much great and get it down to a watchable level." Additionally, he's talked about recreating the game's visual style for the film, and a commitment to casting Japanese actors and having Japanese dialogue.
The Ghost of Tsushima movie may still be a ways off, then, but it really does sound like it has the right person spearheading the project.