Kojima Productions and Hammerstone Studios have announced their partnership to create a new film adaptation of the popular game, Death Stranding.
This will be the first ever feature adaptation for Kojima Productions, and the details of the Death Stranding film are still being kept under wraps. Hammerstone Studios—known for Bill & Ted Face the Music and Come Away and most recently Barbarian—is helmed by Barbarian’s executive producer, Alex Lebovici, and will be charged with the development and production of the Death Stranding film.
“We are thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to partner with brilliant and iconic Hideo Kojima on his first film adaptation,” said Lebovici. “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.”
Hideo Kojima himself spoke on the partnership, saying: “I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studios. 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.”
Originally released in 2019, the game featured an all-star cast including Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Guillermo del Toro and Margaret Qualley. Though we don’t know much about the film at the moment, it is said to introduce “new elements and characters within the Death Stranding universe.”
For anyone who hasn’t played the game, here is the official synopsis from Kojima Productions:
“DEATH STRANDING challenges players to reconnect a fractured society after the cataclysmic ‘Death Stranding’ event. This has opened a doorway between the living and the dead, leading to creatures from the afterlife roaming the fallen world marred by a desolate society. Carrying the disconnected remnants of humanity’s future in his hands, players embody ‘Sam Bridges’ as he embarks on a mission to deliver hope to humanity by connecting the last survivors of a decimated America.”
This announcement comes just one week after The Game Awards where Death Stranding 2 was announced, making it a huge month for this now-franchise.