Chad Stahelski, the filmmaker of John Wick, has found a writer for his upcoming Warner Bros. assassin film, Shibumi. According to Deadline, Matthew Orton, will now write the script. The film will be based on Trevanian's 1979 novel, or Rodney William Whitaker, and offers an interesting take on the skilled assassin trope.
Hel, a multilingual character, has traveled the world numerous times. He was educated in Japan's Naked/Kill art, which emphasizes the use of everyday objects as deadly weapons. The story encompasses a number of themes both big and small as readers learn about Hel and why he became a human killing machine.
Orton is well-known for his part in the Marvel series Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Dune). He collaborated with Isaac again on Operation Finale, which also featured Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Shutter Island) as two secret agents on the trail of a Nazi officer who was the brain behind the Holocaust.
Stahelski and his 87Eleven production company have produced several notable films, including Day Shift, a vampire film with Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg, and the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4. He is also working on the Project Nemesis series as well as the upcoming Ghosts of Tsushima film.
Shibumi will be directed and produced by Stahelski via 87Eleven, along with partners Alex Young and Jason Spitz. As the film is currently in development, no further information has been provided at this time.
This will be a must-see film for fans of the hitman and martial arts genres of film and television, or Trevanians' written work. Both Stahelski and Orton's previous work has given a good idea of what this film might be like, and its a very promising glimpse. Colliders Steve Weintraub recently spoke with Stahelski about his possible Ghost of Tsushima movie adaptation entirely in Japanese, a clear departure from traditional Hollywood adaptations of foreign media