Death Stranding movie adaptation announced, Kojima Productions

Hot on the heels of the game’s sequel announcement from The Game Awards 2022 comes news of the Death Stranding movie adaptation, which was broken yesterday by Deadline. The adaptation will see Kojima produce the film alongside director Alex Lebovici’s Hammerstone Productions, with the latter also financing the project. Lebovici’s most notable credits include this year’s horror film Barbarian, which stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgard, and Justin Long. Interestingly, Lebovici is also credited as an executive producer on the unofficial 2018 live-action Uncharted short featuring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake.

According to the report, the plot will introduce new items and characters to the world of Death Stranding. It’s currently unclear if the existing characters will be played by the same actors seen in the game (Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen, Lindsay Wagner, Tommy Earl Jenkins, Margaret Qualley), though it would be strange otherwise, given Noting that they are all very familiar with shooting live action films.

Hideo Kojima said in an official statement:

I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studios. This is a pivotal moment for the franchise and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with them on bringing DEATH STRANDING to the big screen.

Alex Lipovici added:

We are thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with the wonderful and creative Hideo Kojima on his first film adaptation. Unlike other big budget video game adaptations, this will be something more intimate and grounded. Our goal is to redefine what a video game mod can be like when you have creative and artistic freedom. This movie will be produced by the original “Hideo Kojima”.

Today, Kojima also appeared in a short video message to celebrate Kojima Productions’ seventh anniversary. The new office has shown and confirmed that another game is in production (likely one involving Xbox) besides Visual Projects.

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