After the success of projects like The Last of Us on HBO and the Gran Turismo movie, it is no surprise PlayStation seeks to adapt even more of its franchises into Cinematic projects. This latest effort could be one of their best yet, as A24 partners with Kojima Productions to bring the world of Death Stranding into live-action film.
In the game, Hideo Kojima proved himself yet again as one of gaming’s most visionary Auteurs. Though Death Stranding was polarizing at its release in 2019, there is no denying the terrifying beauty and intriguing mystery of the world Kojima created with the project at the studio which shares his name. The game was filled with gorgeous Cinematics and an incredible ensemble cast. With this in mind – and A24’s track record for elevated horror – the collaboration seems ripe to bring something special to the Silver Screen.
Hideo Kojima at A24
A24 and Kojima Productions both made their own announcement posts and detailed how the collaboration came to be. In a blogpost on the studio’s website, Kojima said of A24 “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.” He also detailed the ambitious goals both parties have with creating the Film. Kojima concludes with “we are creating a Death Stranding universe that has never been seen before, achievable only through the medium of film, it will be born.”
A24’s post was short and sweet, stating “It’s official… We’ve partnered with Kojima Productions on the live-action feature film adaptation of Hideo Kojima’s acclaimed video game, DEATH STRANDING.” Their post also included the Image above, and a link to purchase the A24 x Kojima Productions Logo Tee. The shirt is already out of stock as of Friday December 15th, but hopefully more will be restocked soon.
What the Death Stranding Movie Could Be
Hideo Kojima and Ari Aster at the Kojima Productions studio
While details were scarce in the announcement, we can make some educated guesses based on the information provided. Firstly, it seems that the film will tell a new story in the Death Stranding universe rather than seeking to adapt the plot from the first game. This makes sense to us, as the first game takes on average just over 40 hours to complete. It includes long stretches of gameplay where the player is walking through hazardous environments, which would prove challenging to make engaging on screen.
Still ,there is plenty in the world of Death Stranding to be explored. There’s an abundance of lore from the game to get into, like the origins of the apocalyptic events that establish the game’s setting. The nature of the film may become more clear to fans when key personnel like a Director and Writers become attached to the project. We hope – and find it likely – to see Ari Aster tied to the film. He has made some of the best horror this century when working with A24 to create films such as Hereditary and Midsommar. As the image above shows, he seems to have some connection and mutual respect for Kojima and his art. Whether or not any of the A-List cast from the game will return is currently unknown, but we would love to see Norman Reedus and Léa Seydoux especially reprise their roles on the Big Screen.
Death Stranding and Death Stranding Director’s Cut are available now for PS4 and PS5 respectively.