Death Stranding is coming to the big screen thanks to a partnership between indie film studio A24 and game developer Kojima Productions. The announcement comes ahead of the Hideo Kojima-run studio’s 8th anniversary. The film adaptation will focus on the mysteries surrounding the titular apocalyptic event that brought nightmarish creatures called BTs into the world of the living, via a portal that blurred the lines between the dead and the living. Rather than a direct translation of the divisive 2019 video game, the film will serve as a companion piece that further expands the Solitaire universe. The world of Death Stranding is also set to return in DS2, with a sequel announced at last year’s The Game Awards.
Kojima said in an interview, “A24 was born into this world about 10 years ago, their presence within the industry is unique, they are like no other.” blog post, “The intention is that our audience will not only be sports fans, but our film will be for everyone who loves cinema. We are building a Death Stranding universe that has never been seen before, that can only be achieved through film, it will be born. An adaptation was reported last year, with Hammerstone Studios – best known for The Barbarian – attached to produce, though it’s now unclear whether the team will be involved in any way. Kojima, on the other hand, will be ‘deeply involved’ in the film’s production – supervision, art, plot, and content – but will not direct it. Although not explicitly mentioned, he’s already busy with Death Stranding 2 and OD, his horror collaboration with filmmaker Jordan Peele. Neither of them have announced a release window yet.
For the uninitiated, A24 is the studio behind acclaimed arthouse films like The Lighthouse, the Oscar-winning Everything Everywhere All at Once, Uncut Gems, the new horror flick Talk to Me, and more. At the moment, there are no details about the cast and crew, but the original game included a series of A-list Hollywood actors, which was helpful in sales – in addition to the famous Kojima name, of course.
The game stars Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) as Sam Porter Bridges, a courier tasked with reuniting the last survivors of post-apocalyptic America, victims of an extinction event. It happened, due to which otherworldly forces destroyed the world of the living. The post-apocalyptic world has its own rules and phenomena such as ‘Timefall’, which refers to rainfall that ages all organic matter, causing every human being to wear raincoats and carry oddly shaped umbrellas to avoid exposure. Have to be forced to. The game stars Mads Mikkelsen as Clifford Unger, Léa Seydoux as Fragile, filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Guillermo del Toro, Tommy Earl Jenkins and Troy Baker as the main antagonist Higgs.
Kojima Productions is bringing the documentary Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds to the public by releasing it on Disney+ in American Spring 2024. It largely focuses on Kojima’s process as he launched his independent studio in 2015 and created Death Stranding. Apart from Konami – the Japanese studio where they handled the Metal Gear Solid series of games.
Currently, there is no release window for the Death Stranding movie.
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