February 7, 2023

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Death Stranding film adaptation announced by Kojima Productions, Barbarian’s Hammerstone Studios

A feature film adaptation of Death Stranding from Kojima Productions and Barbarian’s Hammerstone Studios has been announced. Deadline was to be reported first.

The announcement comes just a week after veteran game designer Hideo Kojima unveiled a sequel to the controversial title at The Game Awards. The film will reportedly introduce “new elements and characters” to the Death Stranding universe. “I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studios,” Kojima said. “This is a defining moment for the franchise and I’m really excited to be working with them to bring Death Stranding to the big screen.”

No casting information or details about the film’s writer were released, but Hammerstone Studios’ Alex Lebovici had said that “this film will be an authentic production by Hideo Kojima,” which is likely as much as in the blockbuster titles of the game designer means that Kojima will also be involved in some way in the script. However, this has not yet been confirmed. The Death Stranding movie is currently in development, so future announcements will follow.

“We are thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant and legendary Hideo Kojima on his first screen adaptation,” said Lebovici. “Unlike other big-budget tentpole video game adaptations, this will be something much more intimate and down-to-earth. Our goal is to redefine what a video game adaptation could be when given creative and artistic freedom.”

In other Kojima film adaptation news, it has been two years since the Metal Gear film was announced, which featured Oscar Isaac wearing Solid Snake’s tactical gear and bandana. As late as October, Isaac insisted in an interview that the project was still a possibility – just looking for the right story.

The cast of Death Stranding, the video game released in 2019, includes Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Guillermo del Toro and Margaret Qualley. The cast for the upcoming sequel includes Reedus, Seydoux, Troy Baker, Shioli Kutsuna and Elle Fanning.

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