Death Stranding is coming to the big screen, thanks to a partnership between indie film studio A24 and the game developer Kojima Productions. The announcement comes ahead of the Hideo Kojima studio’s 8th anniversary. The film adaptation will focus on the mysteries surrounding the titular apocalyptic event that brought the nightmarish creatures called BT into the living world, blurring the lines between the dead and the living through a portal. Rather than a direct translation of the 2019 divisive video game, the film will serve as a companion piece that further expands the lonely universe. The world of Death Stranding is also set to return DS2a sequel announced at last year’s The Game Awards.
“A24 were born into this world about 10 years ago, their presence is unique in the industry, they are like no other,” Kojima said in a blog post. “The intention is that our audience will not only be fans of the games, but our film will be for everyone who loves cinema. We are creating a Death Stranding universe never seen before, only achieved through the medium of film, it will be born.” Reports of an adaptation appeared last year with Hammerstone Studios – best known for Barbarian — attached to produce, though it’s now unclear if the team will be involved in any way. Kojima, on the other hand, will be ‘deeply involved’ in the creation of the film – supervision, art, plot and content – but will not instruct that. Although not explicitly mentioned, he already has his hands full Death Stranding 2 and ODhis horror collaboration with filmmaker Jordan Peele. Neither has yet announced a release window.
For the uninitiated, A24 is the studio behind acclaimed arthouse films such as The Lighthouse, the Oscar-winning Everything everywhere at onceUncut Gems, the new horror movie Talk to me, and more. There are currently no cast and crew details, but the original game featured a number of A-listers Hollywood actors, which was instrumental in sales – besides the legendary Kojima’s namesake, of course.
The game starred Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) as Sam Porter Bridges, a courier tasked with reconnecting the last survivors of a post-apocalyptic America who fell victim to an extinction event, leading to otherworldly forces ravaging the living world. The post-apocalyptic world has its own rules and phenomena such as ‘Timefall’, which refers to precipitation that causes all organic matter to age, forcing every human to wear raincoats and carry around oddly shaped umbrellas to prevent exposure. The game also helped Mads Mikkelsen as Clifford Unger, Léa Seydoux as fragile, filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Guillermo del ToroTommie Earl Jenkins and Troy Baker as the main antagonist Higgs.
Kojima Productions is also bringing the documentary Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds to the public by releasing it on Disney+ in the American spring of 2024. It focuses heavily on Kojima’s process when he launched his independent studio in 2015 and the creation of Death Stranding, following his split from Konami — the Japanese studio where he managed Metal Gear Solid series of games.
There is currently no release window for the Death Stranding movie.