Video game adaptations are a tough sell to movie fans. While there have been a few exceptions, for the most part, turning games into movies doesn’t work out so well.
Despite that trend, Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima will be fully involved with turning his hit post-apocalyptic game into a major motion picture.
With the help of Alex Lebovici’s Hammerstone Studios, Kojima Productions will take on the producer role for the film. Hammerstone has previously worked on 2022’s Barbarian and 2020’s Bill & Ted’s Face the Music. Kojima’s most famous work is arguably the Metal Gear franchise, although he is also well-known for creating over two dozen other games during his time at Konami.
Me and the boys pulling up to the Death Stranding movie (it’s 5 hours long no intermission) pic.twitter.com/FlXE0fSMbq
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“I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studios,” said Kojima. “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.”
The game itself features the voice and face of The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, who plays a post-apocalyptic courier named Sam Bridges. As you might imagine, the power combo of Kojima and Reedus has made quite a name for Death Stranding, although the plot itself is quite… unique.
If you’ve never played Death Stranding, let me give you a bit of a primer. You play as Reedus’ character who works for a company that sends him all over the wasteland transporting cargo and repairing some sort of magical internet. During these travels, Reedus’ character runs into these oil ghosts that can be fended off with pee grenades. Yep, you heard that right.
It’s an unapologetically weird game, but the critics and players love it. GameSpot gave the game a 9/10 score while sites like GameRevolution gave it a perfect 5/5 ranking.
At its release in 2019, Death Stranding won Best PS4 Exclusive at the IGN Game Awards while it took home many other wins since then from Best Game Direction, Best Score/Music, Best Performance (Mads Mikkensen), Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design, and PC Game of the Year.
Death Stranding is currently available for the PlayStation and PC. There is no word yet on a director for the upcoming adaptation, or if Norman Reedus himself will star in the movie, but you can bet we’ll keep our eye on this one.