Last December, acclaimed video game maker Hideo Kojima and his label Kojima Productions teamed up with Hammerstone Studios (“Barbarian”) to develop and produce a film adaptation of Kojima’s highly acclaimed game “Death Stranding.”
The accelerated project is currently in development and will take place in the same universe as the game and would introduce new elements and characters rather than focusing on existing ones. No one is ready to write or direct yet.
Now, the famed author offered an update on the project over the weekend, reassuring fans that he’s heavily involved in all aspects of the film. In a statement on Twitter he says: “I am deeply involved in the production, supervision, plot, look, design and content of the film adaptation of ‘Death Stranding’, but not in charge of the direction.”
With over ten million copies sold worldwide since its first launch as a PlayStation exclusive in 2019 before releasing on PC also in 2020. The game is set in a world after the eponymous cataclysmic event that led to destructive creatures wandering the Earth and to devastated society.
Players take on the role of Sam Bridges (Norman Reedus), a courier delivering supplies to isolated settlements and reconnecting them via a wireless communications network.
Mads Mikkelsen, Lea Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Troy Baker, Lindsay Wagner and filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Guillermo del Toro all lent their voices and likenesses to the project which was nominated for Game of the Year in 2019.
Alex Lebovici is producing the project. Kojima is also working on a “Death Stranding” game sequel for PlayStation 5.