Norman Reedus has confirmed that Kojima Productions’ current project is a sequel to its 2019 post-apocalyptic hit, Death Stranding. The Walking Dead and Boondock Saints actor shared the news in an interview published this week by LEO (“a men’s go-to digital destination delivering curated content across style, culture, travel, food+booze, gear, fitness”), stating that “we just started the second one” when asked about his work on the original game. Reedus will presumably return in the sequel as protagonist Sam Porter Bridges, a courier who’s charged with delivering supplies to colonies around a U.S. that’s been ravaged by the eponymous and cataclysmic event caused by invisible creatures called “BTs” (“Beached Things”). Death Stranding has sold over 5 million units since its original release on PS4 in November 2019, according to sales numbers shared last year. Reedus also explained in the interview how he originally got involved with Kojima Productions.
Guillermo Del Toro, who gave me my first movie, called me up and said, “Hey, there’s a guy named Hideo Kojima, he’s gonna call you, just say yes.” And I go, “What do you mean just say yes?” He goes, “Stop being an asshole, just say yes.” Then I was in San Diego and Hideo came with a big group of people, he’s from Tokyo, and he showed me what he was working on on a game called Silent Hill. I was blown away by what he was showing me, and I was like, “Yes, let’s do this.” It’s not Ms. Pacman; it’s so realistic, it’s so futuristic, it’s so complicated and beautiful, and I was completely blown away.
It took me maybe two or three years to finish all the MoCap sessions and everything. It takes a lot of work. And then the game came out, and it just won all these awards, and it was a huge thing, so we just started part two of that.