Chad Stahelski to direct assassin film Shibumi


Chad Stahelski will direct the assassin movie “Shibumi”.

The ‘John Wick’ filmmaker had been attached as a producer for the project but has now taken control behind the camera.

The film is adapted from Trevanian’s 1979 novel which details the struggle between the “Mother Company” – a conspiracy of energy corporations that covertly control much of the western world – and a skilled assassin named Nicholai Hel.

The book was a growing favorite of Stahelski and features espionage, revenge plots, and world politics.

The hero Hel grows up in Japan and becomes an expert in the art of “Naked/Kill”, a martial discipline that uses ordinary objects as instruments of death.

“Shibumi” is in development at Warner Bros. and will be written by “Operation Finale” screenwriter Matthew Orton.

Stahelski will produce the film through his 87Eleven Entertainment banner with partners Alex Yong and Jason Spitz also involved as producers. The company recently worked on Jamie Foxx’s vampire film “Day Shift,” which was just released on Netflix.

Chad recently revealed that the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 4” will feature plenty of mythology and ninja, as it’s the franchise’s longest film to date, starring Keanu Reeves as the titular assassin.

The 53-year-old director said: “I like mythology. I like a good myth. I don’t really believe – at least for the ‘John Wick’ films – in a three-act structure. I believe in the narration and initially this.

“You know, we’ve always seen ‘John Wick’ as Ulysses. So we take the time to tell the story. As long as we don’t fall asleep watching it, we keep going. But I guess there is a bathroom limit.”


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