Ghost of Tsushima director wants to have an all-Japanese cast

Chad Stahleski reveals that Sony "is so on board" with the idea of an all-Japanese cast for the live-action adaptation of Sucker Punch's award-winning title.


After years of keeping all of its popular IPs to itself, Sony is finally opening itself up to other forms of media. Earlier this year, Sony released its first live-action adaptation, Uncharted. In the meantime, fans can look forward to HBO's The Last of Us next year. There are also other live-action films and TV shows on the docket like Gran Turismo, Horizon 2074, and even a God of War TV show. Finally, there's Chad Stahelski's Ghost of Tsushima movie, which, last we heard, isn't close to getting made.

Chad Stahelski thinks that the live-action Ghost of Tsushima could be "visually stunning" if they did it right.

Having said that, the John Wick director shared something interesting about the incoming live-action adaptation of the open-world samurai game.

Speaking to Collider's Steve Weintraub, Stahelski revealed that he wants to do a film that's "all in character." Stahelski then explained why he thinks this is a good idea, saying "It's a Japanese thing about the Mongols invading Tsushima island. A complete Japanese cast, in Japanese."

While Stahelski's desire is a cause for concern, it's not necessarily a bad thing either. Case in point, 2019's Parasite, a film shown entirely in subtitles in countries all over the world. It led the way at the 92nd Academy Awards with four wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

It would be awesome to see the live-action Ghost of Tsushima movie premiere in the same year or even month as Ghost of Tsushima 2.

Make no mistake, we're not saying that Ghost of Tsushima will enjoy as much critical acclaim, but we wouldn't count it out either. If nothing else, Stahelski seems adamant about making it happen. Given Stahelski's track record with the John Wick series, which is getting a fourth film next year, we have no reason to doubt his capabilities.

Sucker Punch released Ghost of Tsushima at the tail end of the PS4's lifecycle in 2021 with an expanded version coming out in 2021 for the PlayStation 5. Ghost of Tsushima was both a critical and commercial success. More importantly, the Japanese government sees Ghost of Tsushima as a culturally significant game. The game's developers have since been turned into ambassadors of the titular island.

Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best games of the last generation.

Speaking of Sucker Punch, recent job listings suggest that the studio is already working on Ghost of Tsushima 2. Also, the developers confirmed that it's not interested in working on a Sly Cooper game anytime soon.

Ray Ampoloquio
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