According to Director Chad Stahelski, his upcoming adaptation of the Ghost of Tsushima video game has the potential to receive the same level of critical acclaim as HBO’s The Last Of Us TV series.
The film will be a joint production between Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions, and Stahelski has been chosen to lead the project.
Ghost of Tsushima is a story about a samurai warrior named Jin Sakai, the only surviving member of his clan, who must fight against invading Mongol forces during the 12th century on the isle of Tsushima.
During a conversation with BroBible’s Post-Credit Podcast, Stahelski shares his belief that his movie adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima has the potential to achieve the same level of excellence as The Last of Us.
The director emphasizes his commitment for capturing the essence of the game’s themes and placing them at the forefront. Here’s a quote from Stahelski on the matter:
I hope that The Last of Us shines a further light on upcoming video game adaptions. Rainbow Six, Ghost of Tsushima I’m working on. Both are fantastic projects that I really hope come to fruition. But Ghost… it’s got an amazing story. It’s the anti-samurai samurai movie. It’s got great thematics. We have a lot of push on that and a lot of interest because Last of Us pushing that, yes, the curse of video game-to-movie is kind of lifted. It can be done. You’ve just got to give it love and attention. And Ghost, of probably all the other video game [movies] in development, I think that’s the one that’s going to land.Chad Stahelski
Video game movies have been subjected to heightened scrutiny for a considerable period, mainly because of how they translate beloved stories onto the big screen.
The Resident Evil franchise by Paul W. S. Anderson and the infamous 1993 Super Mario Bros. film are some adaptations that faced severe backlash from gamers for deviating heavily from the source material.
Additionally, fans couldn’t connect with the story, as a significant part of the appeal of the source material lies in player involvement. As a result, recent adaptations like Ghost of Tsushima encounter the daunting challenge of steering clear of past failures.
Compared to previous efforts, The Last of Us sincerely attempted to satisfy both loyal gamers and new viewers by finding a middle ground between faithfulness to the original game and making the story more approachable on screen.
The HBO series achieved this by accurately adapting the dialogue from the game and casting some of the same actors who worked on the original project.
Additionally, the show delved deeper into themes of rediscovering humanity and finding a way to move forward after experiencing tragedy through new storylines.
Given this, The Last of Us can serve as a useful example for approaching the adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima.
When Ghost of Tsushima came out, it was praised for its story and gained popularity as a potential Game of the Year winner.
Now, Stahelski is making a movie based on the game and is focused on staying true to the essential elements of the story and themes.
This approach could lead to a film that appeals to gamers and moviegoers alike.
The success of The Last of Us adaptation has also shown that video game adaptations can be successful and draw in audiences who may not be familiar with the original game.
About The Last Of Us
The Last of Us is an HBO TV series adaptation of the award-winning video game of the same name originally developed by Naughty Dog.
It is set in 2033, as a fungal infestation plagues humans, turning them feral and blind before finally finishing them off. The series follows Joel’s journey to escort an immune 14-year-old Ellie to the Fireflies, who hope to study her to procure a vaccine.
The cast comprises Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, both famed for their roles in Games of Thrones, along with Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, and Nico Parker. The show was renewed for season 2.