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Kojima Productions is making Death Stranding into a feature film

Will Norman Reedus deliver the film to each theater?

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

December 15, 2022

2 Min Read
Cover art for Kojima Productions' Death Stranding: Director's Cut.

Kojima Productions' Death Stranding is the next video game on the docket to receive a film adaptation, reports Deadline. The developer and its director Hideo Kojima are partnering with production company Hammerstone Studios (run by Alex Lebovici, executive producer on 20 Century Studios' Barbarian) to develop and produce the film. 

For Kojima, an avid lover of film that very much shows in his games, it brings his career full circle. In 2019, he even outright said that making movies would be an eventual goal for Kojima Productions. "If a person can do one thing well, then they should be able to do anything well," he said at the time.

In a statement provided to Deadline, Kojima wrote that the film "is a pivotal moment for the franchise, and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with them in bringing Death Stranding to the big screen.” Notably, Kojima himself isn't attached to direct or even write the film.

This news comes following his first reveal of Death Stranding 2 at the Game Awards last week, which features returning Hollywood actors Norman Reedus, Léa Seydoux, and newcomer Elle Fanning. 

According to Deadline, Death Stranding's movie won't be a straight adaptation of the 2019 game, but introduce "new elements and characters" within the sci-fi horror universe. 

Lebovici added that the film would be "an authentic 'Hideo Kojima' production. [...] Unlike other big budget tentpole video game adaptations, this will be something far more intimate and grounded. Our goal is to redefine what a video game adaptation could be when you have creative and artistic freedom."

Death Stranding has been incredibly popular since its original release. Its PC version became a huge earner for publisher 505 Games in 2021.

This also marks the second game of Kojima's that's set to receive a film adaptation. In 2020, it was reported that Oscar Isaac would play Solid Snake in a movie for Metal Gear Solid (Kojima's previous franchise at Konami) to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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