Kojima Productions Launches New Film, TV and Music Division in LA
When it comes to some of the most popular gaming companies, one of the most stand-out ones for the PlayStation is Kojima Productions. While the company itself hasn’t been around for a long time, Hideo Kojima himself is extremely popular. Thanks to his work on some of the best military fiction in the Metal Gear Solid series, he’s become a household name in the gaming industry. Plenty of companies complement Kojima’s skills in making innovative gameplay and stories that show the future and relate to the human condition.
Kojima’s most recent title, PlayStation’s Death Stranding, tells the story of Sam “Porter” Bridges. A deliveryman whose goal is to reconnect America during the apocalypse that has the world relegated to speaking in bunkers where they spend their time talking through the internet, rather than seeing one another in person. It seems familiar, doesn’t it? While It’s not completely intentional, Kojima’s plans moving forward from this title is to expand his company, specifically into the film and music industry.
Kojima Productions’ New Division Opens
This new branch of the game development company is based in Los Angeles, where Kojima Productions will be focusing on making content in the film and music industry. Heading this new team is going to be a man by the name of Riley Russell. His previous work has shown that he will be a perfect fit for the position, seeing that he’s spent time with Sony as their chief legal officer and vice president of business affairs. In a recent interview, Russell says, “The new division will be tasked with working with creative and talented professionals in television, music, and film, as well as the more familiar games industry.”
Having this new Kojima Productions film division focused in LA, it’s possible to contact people normally in the U.S. For example, Death Stranding sees the characters in the title be played by actors and actresses worldwide. The most important names are Norman Reedus, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Léa Seydoux, Lindsay Wagner, Nicolas Winding Refn and Guillermo del Toro. With these A-List actors involved, it’s no surprise that Kojima would be interested in making something more related to film, especially since this was his goal in life before switching to a game designer. He started working at Konami, eventually making the first Metal Gear game, then switching into the Metal Gear Solid series.
The business development manager of Kojima Productions, Yoshiko Fukuda, added, “Finding new ways to entertain, engage and offer value to our fans is essential in a fast-moving, ever-changing storytelling world. Our new division will take the studio into even more areas that present our creative narratives beyond videogames and to open up ways for our fans to communicate and immerse themselves in these spaces.”
Possible Plans for the New Division
Going back to Kojima’s most recent title, Death Stranding is filled to the brim with music. Some made for the game; some Kojima licensed out to include in the title. However, he hasn’t had a way to be involved in the making of music. With his new music division, he may use this to help oversee the music for his games. It could also be possible that he could use the music division to help score his next title. Since he mentioned wanting to focus on the Cloud, he might be working on that title currently, as the world is filled with the use of the internet version of the Cloud. If he plans to use that idea for a possible Death Stranding 2, he could use this new division to help craft some new music for the title and, more importantly, use more instruments and people. It wouldn’t mean that he’s going to compose all the music himself. Rather, he’s using the division to help find talent to work on the game. With it under the Kojima Productions name, he’s overseeing the work of the music itself.
With the Kojima Productions film division, there are a few things that he could be doing with this new branch of his company. For one, this would allow Kojima to scout new talent and bring them into the company without flying them out to Japan to work with the people involved in KJP. There’s another thing that he could do with this new division as well. Considering that Kojima is very well versed in film, he could be using this new branch to get his foot in the door in the film industry. Working with talented minds in the film and music industry, he’s able to get into the process of making live-action content for his titles.
Since Kojima is also known for long cutscenes, with Death Stranding sitting at 11 hours of cutscenes, it’s not hard to assume that Kojima uses film to influence how Kojima shot edited his cutscenes. Giving Kojima the ability to work on actual live-action projects, like commercials, or possibly a TV show or film influenced by his ideas wouldn’t be out of the question.
Don’t expect Metal Gear Solid to make an appearance inside the film industry just yet. Konami still owns the property, Kojima isn’t involved in whatever will come next for Metal Gear. However, there’s a film adaptation being worked on by the director of Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
With all this in mind, this is going to be a new age for Kojima Productions. While Kojima is working on the next big project, his aspirations and titles will only get bigger and better now that he’s in full control of where his company goes next. Whether that’s going to be something in gaming, something outside of PlayStation, or something on the silver screen, it seems that Kojima Productions and anyone involved with the company will be heading into new horizons.