After announcing their brand new project, OD, in collaboration with Xbox Game Studios, world-renowned game creator Hideo Kojima stepped up to announce another new exciting project, something that deviates from Kojima Productions‘ usual antics… A film.
A24, the studio behind Academy Award winning films such as Everything Everywhere All At Once, is partnering with Kojima Productions to adapt the acclaimed video game, Death Stranding, into a full live-action feature film.
The announcement comes ahead of Kojima Productions’ 8th anniversary, marking a new milestone for the company. While we don’t know anything about the adaptation yet, the film promises “to delve into the mysteries surrounding the apocalyptic event called the “Death Stranding”, which blurred the lines between life and death, and brought forth nightmarish creatures into a world on the brink of collapse.” Does this mean a literal adaptation of the video game, or perhaps an expansion on the world? Since the video game itself is already incredibly cinematic, it would be a great opportunity to enhance that world with a brand new perspective.
Here’s what Hideo Kojima has to say about the upcoming collaboration with A24;
“A24 was born into this world about 10 years ago, their presence is singular within the industry, they are like no other. The films they are delivering to the world are high in quality and very innovative. I have been attracted to their creations and they have even inspired my own work. Their innovative approach to storytelling aligns with what Kojima Productions has been doing for the last 8 years.
Now, we are making a Death Stranding movie together. There are a lot of “game adaptation films” out there but what we are creating is not just a direct translation of the game. The intention is that our audience will not only be fans of the games, but our film will be for anyone who loves cinema. We are creating a Death Stranding universe that has never been seen before, achievable only through the medium of film, it will be born.”
What do you make of this announcment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more news regarding Death Stranding and whatever else Kojima Productions has planned. Now that it’s official, it may not be long before we start receiving more updates. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.