Hideo Kojima is taking an “art house approach” with the upcoming Death Stranding movie, he says.
Speak with IGNKojima said he teamed up with Barbarian executive producer Alex Lebovici to avoid making a “blockbuster” movie.
“I’ve been on video calls with a lot of people in Hollywood every week since last year, and it’s not just for Death Stranding,” Kojima revealed.
“I received many offers, but my intention from the beginning was never to do a blockbuster film. Alex Lebovici from Hammerstone Studios shared my vision on this. There have been many pitches to make a big movie with celebrity actors and flashy explosions, but what’s the use of explosions in Death Stranding?
“Making money is also not something I focus on at all. I’m aiming for an art house approach and the only person who offered to do a film like that was Alex Lebovici, which makes me think he’s quite an unusual guy.”
Death Stranding the video game stars The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges, a courier traveling through the post-apocalyptic United States with bottle-fed babies capable of bridging the gap between life and death.
Kojima said he has yet to decide if characters from the game like Sam would make it into the film, stressing he wants to stay away from the mistakes other video game adaptations have made.
“The failure of movie adaptations of games some time ago has led to a lot of movies aimed at gamers, right?” Kojima said.
“That’s why they have the same look as a game. I don’t want the Death Stranding movie to be like that. Rather, my approach is to change and develop the world of Death Stranding in a way that suits filming well.
“I made Death Stranding a game, and games are games. There’s no real need to turn them into movies. So in a way, the Death Stranding movie is going in a direction that no one has ever attempted with a film adaptation of a game before. I think what I need to do is something that will inspire some of the viewers to become creators in 10 or 20 years.”
There is no release date for the Death Stranding film, but it is currently said to be “in the fast lane while development is on”.
Meanwhile, Kojima is working on Death Stranding 2 for Sony and a mysterious cloud gaming project for Microsoft.
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