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Ghost Of Tsushima Director Will Only Make The Movie This Way

"Ghost of Tsushima" released in 2020 to praise from critics and adoration from fans. The tale of a samurai defending his homeland from Mongol invaders shattered a Sony record as it made its way to impressive milestones for sales. The success of the game already has fans asking if and when they'll get a "Ghost of Tsushima" sequel and has led to a movie based on the game being greenlit by Sony pictures.


The "Ghost of Tsushima" movie is already in development with Chad Stahelski, the director of the "John Wick" films, heading production. Stahelski seems an appropriate choice for director, given his extensive experience with action films and the likely content of a "Ghost of Tsushima" adaptation. While it's still early in the production and few details have been revealed, the director did speak recently with Steve Weintraub at Collider recently to offer his vision for the film. During their conversation, Stahelski also revealed that there was one big stipulation he had for how the film would be made if he remained involved.

While discussing the upcoming film, Stahelski told Collider that it was important to him that "Ghost of Tsushima" be filmed entirely in Japanese and with an all-Japanese cast. According to Stahelski, this is important to the authenticity of the movie and will help capture the intended look and feeling of the experience.


Ghost of Tsushima feature a Japanese cast speaking Japanese

"So, I think if we did this right, it would be visually stunning. It's character driven. It's got an opportunity for great action, great looks. And honestly, we'd try to do it, all in character. Meaning, it's a Japanese thing about the Mongols invading Tsushima island. A complete Japanese cast, in Japanese," Stahelski said of his plans for the movie. While foreign language films can be seen as risky for big budget projects, Stahelski is confident that fans will love the experience even with subtitles and says he has the backing of Sony on his decision.


Apart from adding to the character of the movie, Stahelski also sees his decision as an opportunity to challenge himself while working with a culture he has long loved and explored. "I've been going to Japan since I was 16. I have a love of the country, love of the people, love of the language. To try to direct not only in my language, but someone else's and culturally shift my mindset to bring a part that in a cool way that still entices a Western audience."

While video game movies have often had a tragic history, with lots of bombs and disappointments, there seems to be hope for "Ghost of Tsushima," especially since Stahelski has such a clear vision for the project.