After making a surprise announcement of Death Stranding sequel at The Game Awards 2022, a film based on the 2019 hit video game of the same name is now in development.
According to Deadline, the project is a partnership between the game developer Kojima Productions and Hammerstone Studios — led by Alex Lebovici who served as an executive producer of 2022 horror film Barbarian.
The Death Stranding post-apocalyptic universe gets even wider as the project is said to introduce new elements and characters.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Hammerstone Studios,” said Hideo Kojima, the renowned creator and director of the game itself.
“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 movie adaptation release time frame is yet to be announced, though companies say that it is already on fast track with development underway.
Originally released for PlayStation 4 in 2019, the game is set in a fractured society during the aftermath of the ‘Death Stranding’ event. The player is challenged to reconnect the very last survivors in an unforgiving, intertwined environment of the living and the dead, while carrying a ‘Bridge Baby’ in a pod.
Although in the game sequel, we are now questioned, “Should we have connected?”
The news comes timely as other acclaimed games are also getting their own live-action series adaptations like the God of War, and The Last of Us. From this point onward, we can expect more games come to cinemas and TV sooner or later (and just hope that they don’t flop).