Ghost of Tsushima is among the next PlayStation properties set to receive a movie adaptation. And while we’ve known for over a year that John Wick director Chad Stahelski has been on the dock to direct the film, we now know Takashi Doscher is on board to write the screenplay. The real question is if he can make protagonist Jin Sakai anywhere near as interesting as his supporting cast, am I right? I know, I know he apparently gets much better later, but you need something more compelling from the start if you’re taking the open-world gameplay out of the equation.
News of Doscher’s involvement comes from a Deadline report. His previous work includes directing and writing 2019’s Only, which was a disaster film/romance where a virus is wiping out…all the women on the planet. That probably reads even worse three years later after the coronavirus pandemic, but I imagine most folks’ tolerance for pandemic fiction is not what it used to be. Prior to Only and 2018’s Still, Doscher’s writing credits include several short films dating as far back as 2009.
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Ghost of Tsushima’s movie adaptation is part of PlayStation Productions’ ongoing push to bring Sony’s video game IP to the big screen. The first movie as part of the company’s founding in 2019 was the Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor “Sully” Sullivan that came out this year. It had its problems but was more enjoyable when you forgot it was supposed to be an Uncharted movie. PlayStation Productions might be Sony’s in-house adaptation machine, but TV adaptations are also in the works elsewhere. Such as the TV show based on The Last of Us over at HBO, and Amazon apparently wants to make a God of War show, too.