Hideo Kojima appears to be on a roll with his new Death Stranding project. Not only did he manage to win ex-Konami devs, but also big celebs! Just how did he manage to score Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen?
Kojima’s departure from Konami was a very controversial tale. It was only after his creation of Kojima Productions did his friends speak up of the conditions he experienced while working there. Although Konami has not made an official statement, it appears to want to push through with its Metal Gear Survive project without Kojima.
Fans will remember that Kojima was the mastermind behind the Metal Gear series. This was what jumpstarted him from being a developer to a full-blown master storyteller. Now it appears Death Stranding will be proving his sheer talent.
Death Stranding Cast: Getting Reedus and Mikkelsen
Reedus is popular for his role as Daryl in The Walking Dead, while Mikkelsen is popular for his role as Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal. They are both A-grade celebrities, earning a lot for their talent. Just how did Kojima manage to win them over?
According to Gaming Bolt, it all began during the Valhalla Rising and Casino Royale films. After seeing both films, he managed to get in touch with Mikkelsen through Nicolas Winding. Hollywood film director Ryuhei Kitamura recommended the film, which led to Kojima writing a commentary about it. To his surprise, Winding came all the way to Copehagen to meet him.
Meanwhile, it was Guillermo del Toro who introduced Kojima to Reedus. It can be remembered that Del Toro was supposed to be Kojima’s partner for a Silent Hill remake that was cancelled. Del Toro helped Kojima get in touch with Reedus, and their partnership was born.
A Big Project
Kojima’s interview with Sugoi Japan is just proof of his sheer talent and charisma. It’s one thing if we are talking about big names such as Nintendo, Capcom and even Sega with their flagship titles. However, it’s another thing to talk about someone who revolutionizes the narrative field.
Kojima is known for jumpstarting the craze for Metal Gear. It was at the time the only stealth action game that fit the genre for the NES and older consoles. As the franchise grew, so did the acclaim for Kojima.
If Death Stranding manages to be the successful project that people peg it to be, it can lead to Kojima Productions to being easily one of the most successful recent startups in the industry. Kojima was already awarded as the Rising Star in last year’s The Game Awards. With Mikkelsen and Reedus on his side, the game may be reaching new heights.