Kojima Productions launches a new film and television division
Kojima Productions, the game company behind Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding, is looking to expand its reach by launching a Film and TV division.
Game company Kojima Productions launches a new division focused on film and television. The company, formed by famous game developer Hideo Kojima, started life as a subsidiary of Konami, officially launched in 2005. Games worked on Kojima and co. in previous years, of which eleven Solid metal gear titles from 1996, were retroactively accredited to the group.
Kojima has worked on iconic titles across the latest generations of consoles, including 2015 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Following the delicate cancellation of the production of Silent hills reboot, teased via cult-classic mini-demo TP in 2014, the company became independent and relaunched in 2019 Death stranding; a brand new game released on PS4 featuring The walking dead ‘s Norman Reedus. Death stranding was a new lease of life for Kojima, and the game’s more cinematic and lengthy storytelling received positive reviews.
Now according to jeuxindustrie.biz, Kojima strengthens its cinematographic appeal by launching a cinema and television division. Former PlayStation VP of Commercial Affairs Riley Russell will lead the project; which, according to him, aims to work “with creative and talented professionals from television, music and film, as well as the more well-known games industry”. Going into more detail on the company’s goals, Russell says the company aims to “expand the reach and awareness of properties currently under development at Kojima Productions, and integrate them even more into our popular cultureImplying that the division could aim to adapt some of the company’s most popular franchises for the big screen. Read Russell’s full quote below:
“The new division will be responsible for working with creative and talented professionals in television, music and film, as well as the more well-known games industry. […] The team’s charter is to extend the reach and notoriety of the properties currently in development at Kojima Productions, and to integrate them even more into our popular culture. Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centered in Los Angeles, California. We are truly excited and looking forward to working with the best talent in entertainment, across all entertainment industries. “
The fusion of the worlds of video game and live action hasn’t always been melodic, as many previous video game films have failed miserably to capture the magic. This led to the concept of the “video game movie curse” applied to films such as super mario bros, Assassin’s Creed and the original Mortal combat movie theater. Still, that hasn’t deterred companies like Sony and Ubisoft; who have movies based on Unexplored and The division en route, as well as the upcoming HBO TV release of The last of us. Kojima himself expressed his appreciation for Hollywood’s visual style, recently tweeting his admiration while watching the stylized montage of Fast & Furious 6 on TV.
Fans of Solid metal gear will demand to know more about a possible film adaptation of the popular franchise, with its complex lore and history having huge potential for a live-action adaptation. There may also be a chance that Kojima will be canceled silent Hill reboot to find a second chance as a movie, as it was originally planned Death stranding‘s Reedus as the main character. The future offers many possibilities for Kojima Productions as it begins to branch out into a whole new medium on the big screen.
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