After originally announcing that the live action Death Stranding movie was in development with Hammerstone Studios, it’s now been revealed that A24 – the company behind Everything Everywhere All At Once, Talk to Me, Uncut Gems, Midsommar and many more hugely-celebrated productions – has partnered with Hideo Kojima to develop the film.
The news was initially broken by the launch of a new t-shirt design incorporating the A24 logo and familiar Death Stranding “strand” visual, with the description reading, “It’s official: we’ve partnered with Kojima Productions on the live-action feature film adaptation of Hideo Kojima’s acclaimed video game, DEATH STRANDING.”
Previously, Kojima had said he was deeply involved in the film’s creation but hadn’t taken on directorial duties. In describing the partnership with A24, he explained that this won’t be a direct adaptation of the Death Stranding game but part of a larger universe and “achievable only through the medium of film.”
“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,” Kojima wrote in a statement confirming the news.
“Now, we are making a Death Stranding movie together. 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.”