Hideo Kojima aiming for an ‘arthouse’ approach to Death Stranding film

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The video game auteur Hideo Kojima has revealed his intentions for the planned adaptation of his Death Stranding game.

With his singular stories, cinematic cutscenes and unique and strange concepts, game creator Hideo Kojima seems well suited to making the leap from video games to films. This proved to be the case when it was announced last month that Kojima’s production company was looking to develop projects for  cinema and TV.

Kojima Productions revealed last week that its first project will be a film adaptation of Death Stranding, the haunting supernatural adventure game that features The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, not to mention Mads Mikkelsen and an onscreen performance from Guillermo del Toro.

Kojima is co-producing the film alongside Hammerstone Studios, the production company behind Barbarian, and the man himself has popped up to talk about the project, telling IGNthat that trademark Kojima weirdness is going to be present in the Death Stranding film adaptation, just as it is in his games.

“I was on video calls with lots of people in Hollywood every week beginning last year”, he said. “Not just for Death Stranding“.

He had a fair few offers, but admitted he had precious little interest in making a blockbuster movie. “Alex Lebovici from Hammerstone Studios shared my vision with regards to that … I’m aiming for a more arthouse approach, and the only person who offered to make a film like that was Alex Lebovici, which makes me think he’s a rather unusual type.”

Alex Lebovici’s Hammerstone Studios most recently put out Barbarian, a fun horror flick that took a good swing at being ‘unusual’ so this feels like a good match to us. Whether Death Stranding can join the elite cabal of video game adaptations that happen to be good remains to be seen, but it certainly seems to be moving in the right direction.

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