As Hollywood continues to try to crack the code of adapting video games for the big screen, we have an update for Chad Stahelski Ghost of Tsushima. The director’s feature film adaptation of the game Sony Playstation has entrusted Takashi Doscher with writing the screenplay. The project is in early development with Stahelski attached to direct.
Here is the official synopsis of Ghost of Tsushima video game, courtesy of Sucker Punch Productions:
“The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan, until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population. As one of the last samurai survivors, Jin Sakai, you will rise from the ashes to fight back. But honorable tactics will not lead you to victory. You must go beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting – the way of the ghost – so that you are waging an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.
While he fights for the good of his people, Jin’s fighting methods are looked down upon by many around him, especially his uncle, Lord Shimura, who raised him after the death of his father, Kazumasa Sakai. According to Lord Shimura, a samurai looks his enemy in the eye. Doing anything else is dishonorable, though Jin says times are changing and the old ways might not prevail. I suspect this will be a major plot point in the film. Exit the old ones, make way for stealthy killings and savage tactics of war.
As a filmmaker, Doscher directed and wrote the feature films Still and Alone. He has also written several short films, including The sky is falling, Waltz for one, and Detour.
sony Ghost of Tsushima film is the second film resulting from a partnership between Sony pictures and Playstation Productions. The first pairing effort, Unexplored, grossed over $383 million at the worldwide box office. Sony is so pleased with Unexplored‘s that they plan to make more movies based on the beloved action-adventure property.
Then there’s Sony Pictures Television and Playstation Productions, which develop The last of us television series for HBO, as well as twisted metal, starring Anthony Mackie. Both projects have a high pedigree, with Craig Mazin attached to write and produce The last of us and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on board for twisted metal.
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