Sony announced on Thursday that they have partnered up with PlayStation Productions in order to develop a live-action adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima — Sucker Punch’s critically acclaimed video game.
According to the official announcement, as reported by Deadline, the Ghost of Tsushima live-action film will be directed by Chad Stahelski, who has made a name for himself as the director of all three movies in the action-packed, box office hit series John Wick.
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Producing the film are Chad Stalehski, Alex Young, and Jason Spitz through their 87Eleven Entertainment Company, with Similarly, PlayStation Productions will see Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan producing the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima movie.
87Eleven Entertainment Company’s had Stalehski, Alex Young, and Jason Spitz, alongside PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carterswan, will serve as producers for the film.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Chad and 87Eleven Entertainment, to bring their vision of Jin’s story to the big screen,” said Head of PlayStation Productions Asad Qizilbash. “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.”
No more information about this exciting new project was revealed, so we will have to keep waiting to see who will be cast as Jin, and specifically whether Daisuke Tsuji — the actor who played the character in the game — will be reprise the role.
Sony and PlayStation Productions are currently working on the Uncharted movie, which is expected to release in February of 2022, so it may be a while until we find out more about the Ghost of Tsushima film.
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Ghost of Tsushima was initially revealed during the Paris Games Week in 2017, and it became one of the most highly anticipated video games almost immediately, eventually releasing in July of 2020 as a PlayStation-exclusive.
Upon release, critics gave Ghost of Tsushima rave reviews. Interestingly enough, that actually ended up triggering some snowflakes who couldn’t fathom to see a Western-developed title getting high praise from Japanese critics.
Kotaku was the first to report on the topic above, and this triggered The Washington Post’s Gene Park, amongst others, who claimed the article about Ghost of Tsushima being praised by Japanese critics “will be used in bad faith to defend the game against criticism,” even arguing that “Asians will have different perspectives than Asian Americans.”
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Conversely, Toshihiro Nagoshi, who is well-known as the creator of the asimilarycritically acclaimed, and best-selling Yakuza series, was among the many Japanese developers who praised Sucker Punch for their work on Ghost of Tsushima.
Nagoshi said that the game should’ve been made by Japanese people, but he also agreed that they lost to Sucker Punch, and the “monstrous job” they did collecting data about Japanese culture. He added that Ghost of Tsushima is “the kind of work made by non-Japanese people that makes you feel they’re even more Japanese than us.”
Ghost of Tsushima was also one of the nominees for last year’s Game of the Year at The Game Awards, though it eventually lost out to The Last of Us Part II, despite how most people seemingly favoured Sucker Punch’s action-adventure title above Naughty Dog’s extremely divisive sequel.
With Chad Stahelski in the director’s chair, fans may well end up with a top quality movie that does justice to Sucker Punch’s critically acclaimed title.
The live-action adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima does not yet have an estimated release date.
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