More information about the planned Ghost of Tsushima has come to light, with director Chad Stahelski describing how he wants the film to continue.
Stahelski revealed his hopes for the film, saying that it is his intention to film the film entirely in Japanese.
“So I think if we did it right, it would be visually stunning,” Stahelski said Collider. “It’s character-driven. It has an opportunity for great action, great looks. And honestly, we wanted to try to do that, all in character. That means it’s a Japanese thing about the Mongols invading Tsushima Island. An all Japanese cast, in Japanese. Sony is so helping to support us on that. I’ve been going to Japan since I was 16. I have a love for the country, love for the people, love for the language. Trying to direct doesn’t only in my language, but someone else’s and culturally changing my mindset to take it apart in a cool way that still appeals to a western audience.”
Stahelski knows that the film will ultimately have to make money, but the director believes that people will show up if the film is in another language as long as he “nails” the other aspects of the film.
“Nobody’s going to give me $200 million to make a tech-push movie without speaking English. I get that. So I have to be smart and I have to figure out what’s fiduciary to the property, to the studio and still get what I want out of it and still make it something epic. Again, big challenge, man. And we’re going into two of a time where I think it’s, I’m like you, man. I read subtitles all day. And I think that America in general, or at least the Western audience in general, is getting more and more used to it because of the influence of Netflix and streamers and things like that, where we get so a lot more of world content. Will they show up in theaters for that? I’m guessing yes, if everything else is there… I think I can inspire you enough to get in the car and go to the theater.”