Guillermo Del Toro is not 'involved creatively' in Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding

'This is entirely Kojima-san’s game,' del Toro said.


While Hollywood director plays a character in Hideo Kojima's next game, Death Stranding, acting and motion capture comprise the extent of his contributions.

"Kojima-san called me and said, 'I want you to be a character in the game,' and I said, 'Gladly,'" del Toro, who counts Kojima as a close friend, explained in an interview with IGN.

"He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I'm not involved, creatively, at all," the director continued. "This is entirely Kojima-san’s game," del Toro added. "I think it's gonna be a fantastic game, 100%. But this is him and his ideas. I'm just a puppet in his hands. My contribution is limited to being a cheerleader for his ideas and being scanned for long hours at a time. That's about it."

Kojima and del Toro's relationship was more collaborative prior to the Metal Gear creator's unceremonious departure from Konami. They worked on Silent Hills, a reboot of the franchise, until Konami cancelled it.

Death Stranding is currently in development for PS4 and PC at Kojima Productions. Kojima debuted a new trailer for the game at last year's Game Awards show, where he received a Lifetime Achievement award.

Long Reads Editor

David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

From The Chatty
  • reply
    January 23, 2017 3:52 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Guillermo Del Toro is not 'involved creatively' in Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding

    • reply
      January 23, 2017 4:04 PM

      We knew that already.

    • reply
      January 23, 2017 4:06 PM

      Glory hallelujah!

      • reply
        January 23, 2017 6:15 PM

        Not a fan?

        • reply
          January 23, 2017 6:20 PM


          • reply
            January 23, 2017 6:32 PM

            Not that I can think of. Remember that project Spielberg was associated with for a few minutes?

            • reply
              January 23, 2017 6:47 PM

              Medal of Honor and Boom Blox were decent

              • reply
                January 23, 2017 6:50 PM

                I forgot he was involved with Boom Blox. That's a fun game.

                I was thinking about that one that eventually got canned about a young girl and some sort of entity connected to her.

            • reply
              January 24, 2017 3:00 AM

              LucasArts' The Dig?

        • reply
          January 23, 2017 6:31 PM

          Nope. That dude has been the kiss of death for a few game and movie projects that really mattered to me by being incapable of accepting reasonable budgetary constraints and just general hubris.

          I've given his work many chances, from his very first film onwards. When he went Hollywood, he turned into a Tim Burton wannabe without as much talent or originality (which isn't exactly saying much in the first place).

          I'm always happy when I hear he's not on a project. Better chance it won't go belly up and put actual talented people out of work.

          • reply
            January 23, 2017 6:37 PM

            no love for pan's labyrinth?

            • reply
              January 23, 2017 6:46 PM

              I like his early Spanish movies and I also like Pan's Labyrinth, but I truly feel that Wayne Barlowe's brilliant design work is what made it so special. All the films Barlowe did for Del Toro had some spark, but when he's left to his own devices, like The Strain, shit goes downhill. Haven't seen Crimson Peak yet, but I do get around to watching his other films usually and am disappointed.

              FWIW I even saw Chronos when it first came out in a theater, so I've been following that guy since the beginning.

              • reply
                January 23, 2017 6:53 PM

                Give Crimson Peak a chance, it's a fantastic Gothic Romance.

                • reply
                  January 23, 2017 9:27 PM

                  I'll see it eventually. I see everything he does but I mostly get very let down.

          • reply
            January 23, 2017 6:54 PM

            Well you're completely wrong about his movies but I think he would agree with you about being the kiss of death for games. He told shacknews that if he tried to make a game with Kojima again, something like Kojima having a heart attack would probably happen.

            • reply
              January 23, 2017 7:33 PM

              He fucked In the Mountains of Madness so hard.

              • reply
                January 23, 2017 9:09 PM

                Wasn't Tommy Cruiser attached to that for a bit? He couldn't get that idea greenlit... Although I bet he shoehorned in the ideas from AMOM into the new Mummy thing.

                • reply
                  January 23, 2017 9:25 PM

                  It was greenlit with Cruise but Del Toro was insisting on a monster budget plus a hard R rating (in the days before Deadpool). He wouldn't reconsider either the exorbitant budget or bringing the rating down and the studio said fuck off.

                  They should have given the project to Stuart Gordon anyways.

                  • reply
                    January 23, 2017 9:43 PM

                    I suppose if you're gonna do a movie version of MoM you gotta go all the way... PG13 would suck and a lousy budget and crap cgi everywhere would suck even worse but I understand the pain. Someday...

                    • reply
                      January 24, 2017 1:06 AM

                      Not mention the studio wanted to change the ending and give it a happy/Hollywood ending. I'm glad Del Toro stuck to his guns and we didn't end up with Tom Cruise doing a leaping punch into an Elder Things face to defeat it.

                      • reply
                        January 24, 2017 1:13 AM

                        The point is, if he'd been capable of rethinking the budget so it wasn't $100 million (it was an insane figure like that), the studio would have been fine with the R rating and ending.

                        Someone like Stuart Gordon has made highly authentic and effective Lovecraft influenced films on a fraction of that budget; films that people still love decades after they were made.

                        • reply
                          January 24, 2017 1:44 AM

                          Perhaps someday we'll get to see it properly or we will all go mad... I can only hope those stories get the proper film treatment they deserve someday, Lovecraft was just as influential as Poe ever was despite his personal beliefs.

                          There have been some cool "fan" films... Call of Cthulhu was made back in 2005 and was pretty good. Trailer! I'm sure you've seen it though..


                        • reply
                          January 24, 2017 6:43 AM

                          He's not making a film influenced by Lovecraft but an actual Lovecraft story. With that comes a lot to live up to, also I don't think any of Gordon's films has quite the scope or need for high qualities visual effects that will be required to tell the story. I'm sure Del Toro wants to use a mix of practical effects, costumes, animatronics, etc as well as filming in remote, cold locations will cost a ton. Not to mention a good cast, good special effects, and marketing will just add to the cost.

                          If he was just making a film inspired by ATMOM I'd agree with you but he is trying to directly translate Lovecraft's work. He's done some recent compromising saying he will do a PG13 version but I can deal with that though I'm still disappointed.

          • reply
            January 23, 2017 7:10 PM

            Something about Del Toro's movies are really boring to me, despite having brief flashes of intensely interesting imagery.

            • reply
              January 23, 2017 9:12 PM

              Oh shit I forgot about Pacific Rim. That movie was the shitttt

          • reply
            January 23, 2017 7:11 PM

            Maybe. I know he directed Pacific Rim.

          • reply
            January 23, 2017 7:38 PM

            A Tim Burton wannabe? I cannot agree there. Del Toro is more like what I wish Tim Burton was today: a creative guy who makes whatever weird shit he wants and is largely beholden to no one. That this sometimes results in awesome-sounding projects dying on the vine sucks, but that sort of thing is happening constantly in both the game and film industries.

            IMO, Burton hasn't made anything worthwhile in ages, and his films now often feel like they're made by a fan who just copied the style over and over until it was a joke.

            • reply
              January 23, 2017 7:44 PM

              I'm not a huge Tim Burton fan, but he definitely tries to mix things up and doesn't only cling to genre work.

              Obviously, if a person wants big budget genre movies, Del Toro has more enthusiasm than Burton does at this point.

            • reply
              January 23, 2017 10:55 PM

              Yup, agreed completely. Del Toro is a talented dude, I'm always excited to see what he's up to next. I hear there's talks happening again on Hellboy 3, although I'm trying not to get my hopes too high yet.

          • reply
            January 24, 2017 6:59 AM


    • reply
      January 24, 2017 3:45 AM

      But he is involved romantically.

Hello, Meet Lola