The live-action adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima was first announced two years ago after the success of the Sucker Punch Productions title and we've had few updates about it since. This is why the latest update straight from the film's director stings a bit.
In an interview with Total Film, director Chad Stahelski revealed that Ghost of Tsushima is his favorite among his upcoming projects. While the film's script has already been finished, the project may not be ready for filming as business matters must be sorted out first.
"[Ghost of Tsushima] would be my favorite to do next. Without going into crazy detail, it's something I'm super interested in," Stahelski shared with Total Film. "We have a really great script. We have a really good creative team behind it."
The director adds, "It's just about getting all the business end of things locked in. It's kind of in that little bit of flux where everybody is trying to tighten up the deal to get everything going, and to make sure we do the best with it. It's a simple thing: getting a great script, and starting to put together a cast. It just takes a lot of moving parts."
It is promising to hear Stahelski’s excitement about Ghost of Tsushima. However, it seems that the production team has a long way to go before filming commences as it still needs to put together a cast for the film, preferably one that's all-Japanese.
Stahelski is also tied up with several other commitments as the director is reportedly working on seven projects after the action-filled John Wick: Chapter 4 premieres on March 24.
One interesting project that the John Wick series director is working on is the upcoming remake of Highlander. Henry Cavill was previously part of the project as the lead actor. However, new reports suggest that Cavill has been dropped from the project with Chris Hemsworth being eyed to replace him.
Stahelski is also working on a new assassin movie similar to John Wick for Warner Bros, Shibumi, which is based on a 1970s movie of the same name. Similar to John Wick, the assassin comes out of retirement to stop a secretive organization with a stranglehold on the global energy supply. In addition to this, the director is one of the producers of the John Wick spin-off, Ballerina, which will reportedly feature a fight between Ana de Armas and Keanu Reeves. Finally, Stahelski is working on the live-action adaptations of Sandman Slim and Kill or Be Killed.
With all these projects lined up, it may take a while before we see Ghost of Tsushima starts filming. Hopefully, Stahelski gets to prioritize the live-action adaptation of the samurai game. Fans will surely be happy to see the movie sooner rather than later.