Ghost Of Tsushima Movie Director Wants All-Japanese Cast With Subtitles
After making a treasure trove at the box office with the Tom Holland-led Uncharted movie, Sony is soldiering forth with even more plans to adapt its first-party catalog into high-budget movie and TV projects, with as many as 13 currently in development. Samurai-centric odyssey Ghost of Tsushima has long been among them, with John Wick series director Chad Stahelski on tap to direct and being produced by Sony’s in-house PlayStation Productions alongside the game’s original devs at Sucker Punch.
Much has been speculated about who might star in the awaited feature, with even the game’s own face model and voice actor offering his acting chops (as well as his naked butt) to reprise its digital portrayal. While the jury’s still out on that front, Stahelski has revealed (via Collider) his intent to film the entire movie in Japanese with an all-Japanese cast, aiming to replicate the strong classic martial arts cinema influences offered by the original game.
“I think if we did this right, it would be visually stunning. It’s character driven. It’s got an opportunity for great action, great looks. And honestly, we’d to try to do it, all in character,” the Ghost of Tsushima movie director said. “Meaning, it’s a Japanese thing about the Mongols invading Tsushima island. A complete Japanese cast, in Japanese. Sony is so on board with backing us on that.”
“Will [audiences] show up in the theaters for that? I’m banking on yes, if everything else is there.”
Though subtitled films have historically struggled to make bank at the box office, audiences have undeniably warmed to the idea of foreign-language productions in recent years as evidenced by successes like Netflix’s global hit Squid Game and Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar-winning Parasite. A Japanese Ghost of Tsushima movie would also make sense on a story level as well, as much of the game pays homage to the old-school films of Akira Kurosawa, even naming its black-and-white mode after the legendary filmmaker.
While the adaptation was first announced last year, the epic blade-swinging saga of Jin Sakai is still quite a ways out, with only small updates being dropped over the last several months. Stahelski previously spoke of approaching the project with authenticity in mind, aiming to ‘take their time’ to properly capture the stylish, action-heavy, and old-school aesthetic presented in the PlayStation release. Currently, the only confirmed addition to the film has been writer Takashi Doscher following his work on the 2018 mystery film Still and 2019’s sci-fi romance Only.
As the live-action Ghost of Tsushima project continues percolating in pre-production, Sony is also preparing over a dozen properties for their premiere in the next few years. HBO’s The Last of Us series looks to be the furthest along, having already begun filming with quite a few notable actors onboard. Not only that, but Sony’s upcoming Twisted Metal series has also made considerable headway with several big names joining the project in recent months. If that wasn’t enough, the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, and even the racing-centric Gran Turismo are also set to get the live-action treatment.
What do you think? Are you excited to see what Sony has planned for the Ghost of Tsushima movie? Would you watch the film with subtitles or would you prefer if the samurai saga was in English instead? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day!
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