• A "Ghost of Tsushima" movie is coming soon, to be directed by Chad Stahelski
  • Stahelski is known for directing the "John Wick" series
  • Stahelski is great at creating one-versus-many fight scenes

The “Ghost of Tsushima” movie adaptation is officially underway, and fans can expect it to remain faithful to Sucker Punch’s award-winning game’s story and action-packed gameplay thanks to Sony Films’ choice of director.

Chad Stahelski, the director of all of the “John Wick” films so far, will be taking the lead for the “Ghost of Tsushima” movie, according to an announcement on the PS Blog.

Sucker Punch game director Nate Fox expressed his excitement for the movie. He also said that Jin Sakai, the game’s protagonist, is “in very good hands,” referring to Stahelski’s treatment of the “John Wick” movies.

Stahelski’s penchant for creating riveting action sequences is exactly what a “Ghost of Tsushima” film needs, given the game’s emphasis on tense, one-versus-many encounters. He will be joined by Alex Young and Jason Spitz under their company, 87Eleven Entertainment.

Key members of PlayStation Productions and Sucker Punch Studios will also be part of the production, Deadline reported.

Jin Sakai wearing full Ghost attire in Ghost Of Tsushima
Jin Sakai wearing full Ghost attire in Ghost Of Tsushima. Sucker Punch

“Ghost of Tsushima” tells the story of Jin Sakai, one of Tsushima’s samurai and nephew of the island’s lord, during the first Mongolian invasion of Japan. After several disastrous losses to the Mongols, Jin is forced to abandon the samurai way, opting to fight enemies using stealth and underhanded tactics.

The game gained commercial and critical acclaim thanks to its thrilling combat. “Ghost of Tsushima” is heavily inspired by the films of renowned Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, whose work includes many samurai movies like “Seven Samurai” and “Kagemusha.”

“Ghost of Tsushima” won best art direction and Player’s Choice in The Game Awards 2020, beating Naughty Dog’s “The Last Of Us 2” in the latter category.

The stunning success of the game earned Sucker Punch’s Nate Fox and Jason Connell the title of honorary ambassadors of Tsushima itself, according to Escapist Magazine. Tsushima mayor Hiroki Hitakatsu appointed Fox and Connell, the game director and creative director, respectively, as ambassadors for their portrayal of the island’s history, which the former claims to be obscure even to the people of Japan.

More details regarding the “Ghost of Tsushima” film adaptation will be revealed as the project makes progress.