The production team behind Barbarian are financing and co-producing a big screen take on Death Stranding.
With his unique stories that place a heavy emphasis on cinematic moments, game creator Hideo Kojima is probably as close to an auteur as you can get in the medium of video games. It was no surprise then that a month or so ago it was announced that Kojima’s company had formed a production company that would develop projects for the mediums of cinema and TV.
That label, Kojima Productions, has now announced its first project and it is set to be a film adaptation of Death Stranding, a post-apocalyptic adventure that featured the talents of The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus.
Apparently, production is being fast-tracked and has been moving pretty quickly although no director or casting has yet been confirmed, according to Deadline.
Also involved are Alex Lebovici’s Hammerstone Studios, the production company behind Barbarian, one of this year’s most arresting cinematic experiences. Hammerstone is fully financing the production and whilst the original game featured the acting talents of Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Guillermo del Toro and Margaret Qualley alongside Reedus, we’re hearing that this might well tell a new tale in the Death Stranding universe. Don’t necessarily expect the film adaptation to feature the same roster of talent.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
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