Developer of “Death Stranding”, Kojima Productions has announced a new business division that will focus on film, television and music. As reported by jeuxindustrie.biz, the office will be based in Los Angeles, Calif., and will delve into new pop culture projects based on the company’s existing properties.
Although he has been a video game developer for decades, founder Hideo Kojima has never hesitated to share his passion for cinema and its influences, whether in his works or his official Twitter account. In his famous words, “70% of my body is made of films”, is a principle by which he lives. It is therefore not surprising to see him take this new direction with the company.
#KojimaProductions are proud to announce the opening of a new sales division in California, USA.
This will explore opportunities beyond the development of games in film, television and other forms of entertainment.
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– KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@ KojiPro2015_EN) 22 November 2021
The Los Angeles team will be led by Riley Russell, a former PlayStation employee who joined Kojima Productions after 28 successful years. “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,” he said.
Yoshiko Fukuda, director of business development at Kojima Productions, also spoke about the focus on engaging storytelling, where these new mediums will come in handy. This makes sense, considering Hideo Kojima’s games are riddled with long cutscenes, and at times it almost feels like you’re watching a movie.
He added, “Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that showcase our creative stories beyond video games and open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces.” As to whether this is a subtle clue to exploring storytelling through the Metaverse, only time will tell.
After his long stint at Konami, game director Hideo Kojima, known for his “Metal Gear” game franchise, parted ways with them in 2015. He then decided to open his own new studio under the name of “Kojima Productions”, which allowed him the greatest creative freedom. This led to the development and release of his genre-defying experiment in 2019 – Death Stranding.
As part of the process, Hideo assembled a cast from the film industry including Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo del Toro, Nicolas Winding Refn, and more.
Recently it has been teasing Zoom meetings with Drive (2011) director, Refn on Twitter, although it’s hard to say if this new announcement is related to it. A Death Stranding TV series maybe? We will have to wait and see.