Chad Stahelski to Direct Assassin Movie ‘Shibumi’ for Warner Bros.

As one of the key cogs in the John Wick franchise, Chad Stahelski understandably has a number of irons in the fire at the moment thanks to the immense success of that series. But a new project that has popped up is Shibumi, an assassin movie in the works at Warner Bros. that Stahelski is in line to direct. Operation Finale writer Matthew Orton has also been hired to pen the script.

The film is being adapted from Rodney William Whitaker‘s sprawling 1979 novel in which well-traveled multilingual protagonist Nicholaï Hel becomes one of the highest-paid and most skillful assassins in the world and must battle the “mother company,” a conspiracy of energy companies that secretly controls much of the Western world.

Whitaker’s novel was reportedly a favourite of Stahelski when he was growing up, and reading its synopsis makes it easy to see why. There’s plenty of John Wick similarities. Shibumi likely influenced that series, now that series will almost certainly influence the film version of Shibumi.

Stahelski will also produce the project through his 87Eleven Entertainment banner, which recently produced Jamie Foxx vampire movie Day Shift, which was released to Netflix last week.

Other projects Stahelski has in the works include the fourth installment of John Wick, video game adaptation Ghosts of Tsushima, and Sony series Project Nemesis. His continued success means that he’ll likely have essentially his pick of Hollywood projects for the foreseeable future.


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