Iconic creator Hideo Kojima released his last video game title in 2019 with Death Stranding, the first entry to a planned franchise that already has a sequel in the works. News comes today that this isn’t the only project in the works for the franchise, as Kojima is partnering with A24 to bring Death Stranding to the screen as a live-action film.
Kojima had the following to say about the announcement:
“A24 was born into this world about 10 years ago, their presence is singular within the industry, they are like no other. The films they are delivering to the world are high in quality and very innovative. 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. Now, we are making a Death Stranding movie together. There are a lot of ‘game adaptation films’ out there but what we are creating is not just a direct translation of the game. The intention is that our audience will not only be fans of the games, but our film will be for anyone who loves cinema. We are creating a Death Stranding universe that has never been seen before, achievable only through the medium of film, it will be born.”
The news comes days away from Kojima Production’s eighth anniversary on December 16.
Set in a post-apocalyptic United States, the 2019 game introduces players to a world after a cataclysmic event known as the “Death Stranding” created “Beached Things” (BTs), destructive and invisible creatures, which now roam the Earth, originating from the “Beach.” “The Beach” are lands thought to be unique to each person and are visited during near-death experiences and said to be the link to the afterlife. BTs are created from the dead via necrosis and their consumption of living humans poses several massive threats — “The Voidout,” which are explosions that resemble nuclear bombs, and “Timefall,” a rain that rapidly ages anything it touches.
The BTs have obviously caused massive infrastructure damage to the United States, forcing what remains of humanity to confine themselves in the “Knot Cities,” the cities remaining that makeup the “United Cities of America.”
The cast for Death Stranding‘s first game includes Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins, and Lindsay Wagner. In addition to the main cast are the likenesses of film directors Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn as supporting characters.
The Death Stranding film has only just been announced, so there is no release date just yet.