Filmmaker Chad Stahelski, director of the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima movie based on the video game of the same name, has spoken about his plans for the conversion of the film and how he attempted to stick to the roots of the game to the greatest extent.
It’s done with reverence to Akira Kurosawa: Ghost of Tsushima Director
Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima has nearly sold 10m copies since it was launched in July 2020 on PS4 (Later released on PS5 in August 2021). The plot follows a samurai named Jin Sakai, who is on a mission to defend Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan.
In a recent interview with Collider, Stahelski substantiated that his movie adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima will be “a complete Japanese cast, in Japanese”.
Stahelski admitted that even though his plan may “scare the s*** out of most people”, he has received a green signal from Sony, and also added that western audiences have been well habituated with such works and are familiar with reading subtitles.
“Honestly, it’s probably the same things that would scare the shit out of most people. It’s a fantasy period piece. It’s done with reverence to Akira Kurosawa, who’s probably in the top five biggest influences of my life as far as film goes,” said Stahelski.
It’s a chance to push technology and people in a story that’s timeless,” the 53-year-old continued, “It’s your typical mythological story of good versus evil, finding a man, watching him change the world or the world changes him. It’s all the Joseph Campbell stuff that you’d love in a story. You put that in with, obviously, so I’m told I have a bit of a Samurai fetish, which is probably true from Manga and anime and stuff.”
“So, I think if we did this right, it would be visually stunning,” Stahelski added. “It’s character driven. It’s got an opportunity for great action, great looks. And honestly, we’d to 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. Sony is so on board with backing us on that. 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 apart that in a cool way that still entices a Western audience.”