In an update from Chad Stahelski, the director of John Wick: Chapter 4, he revealed plans to expand the Ghost of Tsushima movie beyond a standalone movie and explore the possibility of sequels and TV spin-offs.
In an interview with ComicBookMovie.com, Stahelski addressed the challenge of adapting a video game with extensive gameplay hours into a condensed film narrative. He hinted at Sony’s consideration of a broader vision for the Ghost of Tsushima franchise, indicating that the studio may be exploring multiple cinematic experiences rather than limiting it to a single movie.
“It’s just: how do I pack that much information into a feature that can go on to other features or a TV project or platform for that?” Stahelski asked.
“The trick is not, ‘do we have great material?’ We know we have great material. It’s how to make it palpable in any platform, you know, how do we make a great two, two and a half hour movie out of this?
“[How do we] make it satisfying and leave it open to expand further from there? That’s the real challenge: how to take so much great and get it down to a watchable level.”
In March 2021, Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions made the announcement regarding the Ghost of Tsushima film. Chad Stahelski, the director, has now confirmed that the project is currently in an advanced stage of development.
He continued: “I love the property, look, the game story of Jin Sakai, and it being what I would say is the most anti-samurai samurai movie out there because of the storylines, thematics in it, and the journey that Jin Sakai goes through.”
Ghost of Tsushima movie will be respectable to the source material and Japanese culture
Jin’s transition from an honourable Samurai to disgraced Ghost of Tsushima, balancing his own pride with the survival of his people, is “so interesting”, Stahelski said. “The characters in the story are definitely something I don’t want to lose in any way,” he continued, though added: “It’s just the visuals I want to keep.”
Previously, Stahelski expressed his intention to meticulously execute the film, ensuring that the cast and even the language used align with Japanese culture. He emphasized that Sony is fully supportive of this approach.