As long as IP exists, Hollywood will try and take advantage of it, and so we go back to the well again for another attempt at making a video game movie work.
Deadline is reporting that John Wick director Chad Stahelski will be at the helm for an adaptation of the massively successful Ghost of Tsushima, with Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions developing the property for the screen.
The game centers around a samurai named Jin Sakai, the last living member of his clan, as he wages a war for the freedom of Tsushima.
Ghost of Tsushima probably won’t be hitting the screens anytime soon though, as Stahelski is about to start shooting on John Wick 4.
Video game movies remain a tricky property, but there’s no doubt that Ghost of Tsushima has been a mammoth success, recently crossing 6.5 million copies sold since its release in July of 2020. It is on record as the PlayStation 4’s fastest selling first-party original IP debut, having sold more than 2.4 million copies in its first 3 days.
It was also a critical smash, garnering excellent reviews and nominations from the 2020 Game Awards, including Game of the Year. If there is going to be any video game adaptation to thrive on the big screen, it’s not hard to understand why Sony and PlayStation think that this could be the one.
Ghost of Tsushima joins Uncharted and The Last of Us as PlayStation properties hoping to thrive on the screen, with Uncharted set for a February 2022 release in theaters, and The Last of Us heading to HBO for a series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Will any of them break the “video game curse”? Could all of them? At least on paper, they’ve got plenty of talent backing them up.