The enormously successful adventure video game from 2019 called Death Stranding, directed by Hideo Kojima, is heading to the big screen. The game has sold over five million copies and is regarded as one of the greatest video games of the twenty-first century. A24 and Kojima Productions are working together to create a real-life movie rendition of the title.
A live-action “Death Stranding” film has been announced, coinciding with Kojima Productions’ ninth anniversary on December 16. The summary from the firms stated, “The film promises to delve into the mysteries surrounding the apocalyptic event called the ‘Death Stranding,’ which blurred the lines between life and death, and brought forth nightmarish creatures into a world on the brink of collapse.”
In a press release, Kojima stated, “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.”
The video game designer said, “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 events of Death Stranding take place in the United States following a catastrophic occurrence that releases deadly animals upon Earth. In the game, players assume control of Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus), a courier entrusted with delivering supplies to colonies throughout the nation and establishing wireless networks between them. Amongst the other actors in the video game were Margaret Qualley, Léa Seydoux, and Mads Mikkelsen. On November 8, 2019, it made its PlayStation 4 debut. In September 2021, a director’s cut was made available for the PlayStation 5.