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Kojima Productions Is Branching Out into Movies, TV, and Music

Get ready to have every form of entertainment there is be turned into an overly complicated, critically lauded, fourth-wall-breaking, experimental, artistic vision of what the medium should be that somehow still has extensively long cutscenes even in formats without any visuals at all. Kojima Productions, the studio headed by famous game developer Hideo Kojima, has announced that it has launched a new arm of the company focused on bringing games to other areas of pop culture, including movies, TV, and music.

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As if Kojima’s work weren’t cinematic enough, the new division is based out of Los Angeles and will be looking to pull in high-level artistic talent in order to expand its IP and possibly develop new ones not based on games. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we’ll be seeing Metal Gear Solid films coming from Kojima Productions. Kojima made that franchise, but Konami owns the property (and has a film with Oscar Isaac starring). In fact, at the moment Death Stranding is the only franchise Kojima Productions has, but Kojima has long collaborated and worked alongside filmmakers and top-level actors. Combined with Kojima’s inherent love of cinema, it’s no surprise that his company is heading this way.

Riley Russell, who comes for PlayStation, will be heading the new Kojima Productions division focused on movies, TV, and music.

“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,” said Russell. “The team has as its charter, the goal of expanding the reach and awareness of the properties now under development at Kojima Productions, and to make them even more a part of our popular culture. Although we are a global organization, the new business development team will be centred in Los Angeles, CA. We are truly excited and looking forward to working with the very best entertainment talent we can, across all of the entertainment industries.”

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Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is a News Writer and film aficionado at Escapist. He has been writing for Escapist for nearly five years and has nearly 20 years of experience reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and video games for both print and online outlets. He has a degree in Film from Vassar College and a degree in gaming from growing up in the '80s and '90s. He runs the website Flixist.com and has written for The Washington Post, Destructoid, MTV, and more. He will gladly talk your ear off about horror, Marvel, Stallone, James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.