Death Stranding is coming to the big screen. Following the news that a sequel to the game is in the works, Deadline has revealed a movie based on the first game is in the works. Hideo Kojima’s Kojima Productions has partnered with Barbarian executive producer Alex Lebovici’s Hammerstone Studios to develop and produce an adaptation of the game.
Death Stranding launched in 2019 and went on to sell over 10 million units. It features an all-star cast including Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Guillermo del Toro and Margaret Qualley. It focuses on Reedus’ character, Sam Bridges, as he is forced to embark on a mission to deliver hope to humanity by connecting the last survivors of a decimated America all while carrying humanity’s future in his hands. The movie is expected to introduce new elements and characters within the Death Stranding universe.
Regarding the partnership between the studios, Kojima expressed his excitement in what he calls a “pivotal moment” for the franchise. “I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studio. This 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.”
While Lebovici explained that Death Stranding will be a different type of video game adaptation. It’ll still be a big-budget tentpole, of course, but the producer notes it’ll be far more intimate and grounded than others we’ve seen before. “We are thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with brilliant and iconic Hideo Kojima on his first film adaptation,” he said. “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. This film will be an authentic “Hideo Kojima” production.”
As of now, there is no writer attached to the project, however, it’s reported the project will now be fast-tracked so that news can change soon.