Which had only a $40 million budget (also had a well known actor advertised as the director so I guarantee that out butts in seats). I would be very surprised if Ghost doesn’t have at least a 100 million budget, I mean Uncharted had a 120 million budget but it also wasn’t a period piece that will require building a ton of sets, costumes, etc. to capture the specific era.
I mean, we’re talking about a film that isn’t part of an iconic IP (a successful video game, but so was Uncharted, and yet they felt the need to cast two major actors purely for the name draw and not if they resembled the characters acting-wise, so “successful video game” doesn’t always convince studio executives. And don’t bring up Sonic or Detective Pikachu, those go beyond successful video games and are full on successful franchises), so if you’re pitching this to a studio executive, they’re probably already looking at this as a possible risk and a writer then throwing in “oh, and there will be zero English speaking” is just going to make it even riskier.
Like it or not, the people in charge of a major film studio try to invest in films whose box office success is very likely. The more potentially negative factors you throw in that could lower that success, the less likely it will get approved. That’s just logical business. Now a smaller studio like A24 will take big risks constantly, but they’re investing in scripts that require far lower budgets. An adaptation of Ghost is NOT a low budget film. Or it could be, which would mean we get a Ghost film with battle sequences of the actors and like two dozen extras, the massive world is reduced to like three or four locales, etc. but yay, it’s all in Japanese!
I’m not saying it’s impossible the director will get his wish, but I feel you’re all setting yourself up for disappointment. Fanboy wishes are cute and all, but won’t sway the big wigs in charge of a major studio which employs thousands of people, they have bigger concerns obviously. I mean, when the director of Logan was talking about the black and white version of the film for the home video release, and was asked why the movie wasn’t just made that way for theaters, he said no way in hell the studio was going to approve of a $100+ million budget black and white superhero film. Even if the argument could be made that the film would still turn a profit, any executive would point out that the decision to make it black and white would be far more likely to draw away potential viewers than it would to draw new ones in.