John Wick director Chad Stahelski will direct the assassin film Shibumi at Warner Bros. and has found a writer for the film in Matthew Orton.
According to a recent report from DeadlineOrton (Operation Finale) is joining Stahelski to write the script for the planned action film, which will be directed and produced by Stahelski. The film is based on Trevanian’s 1979 novel, the name under which American film scholar and author Rodney William Whitaker has written most of his novels.
No official casting announcements have yet been made for the film, but expect more news now that the writer and director have been set. The film’s story focuses on the battle between a conspiracy of energy companies that control large parts of the Western world and a skilled assassin named Nicholaï Hel.
“Nicholai Hel is the world’s most wanted man. Born in Shanghai during the chaos of World War I, he is the son of an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, and is the protégé of a Japanese Go champion,” reads the novel’s synopsis . “Hel survived the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world’s most artistic lover and its most skilled—and well-paid—assassin. Hel is a genius, a mystic, and a master of language and culture, and his secret is his determination to achieve a rare form of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection known only as shibumi.
“Now living in an isolated mountain fortress with his exquisite mistress, Hel is unwillingly drawn back to the life he had tried to leave behind when a beautiful young stranger comes to his door seeking help and refuge. It soon becomes clear that Hel is being tracked by her most sinister enemy – a super-monolith of international espionage known only as the Mother Company. The battle lines are drawn: ruthless power and corruption on one side, and on the other… the shibumi.”
Most recently, Orton served as a writer and consulting producer on Marvel Studios’ hit Disney+ series Moon Knight. Prior to that, Orton wrote the 2018 film Operation Finalewhich starred Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley and Mélanie Laurent.