Death Strandingthe video game starring The walking deadNorman Reedus carries babies in jars across post-apocalyptic wastelands, gets a movie.
Deadline reports that the film adaptation comes from Hammerstone Studios, the indie producers behind the recent critically acclaimed Barbarian. The game’s legendary creator and director Hideo Kojima (if Twitter bio famously says “70% of my body is made of movies”) is going to be heavily involved as well.
The film is in rapid development, and while specific details are under wraps, it is said to expand the universe with new concepts and characters. Does that mean it will be canon for the game and its recently announced sequel? Will Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen and, err, Conan O’Brien reprise their roles? We are very excited to see how this one plays out.
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“I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studios,” Kojima said in a statement. “This is a pivotal moment for the franchise and I’m really looking forward to working with them to bring Death Stranding to the big screen.”
Hammerstone’s Alex Lebovici added: “We are thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant and iconic Hideo Kojima on his first film adaptation.
“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 can be when you have creative and artistic freedom. This film will be an authentic ‘Hideo Kojima’ production.” “
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Kojima’s most famous work, Metal Gear Solidhas been tipped for a film adaptation pretty much since its release in 1998, with a film officially announced in 2006.
There have been many stops and starts since then, but even with Oscar Isaac’s casting as Solid Snake two years ago, the project hasn’t really taken off. Let’s hope this project goes a little faster.
Death Stranding 2 has been announced for the PlayStation. The first is available on PS5, PS4 and PC.