Kojima canned a ‘radical’ superhero project for being too close to The Boys

Hideo Kojima has shared that he put aside a darkish superhero project he had been pondering of constructing after discovering it had a close similarity to The Boys, the Amazon collection at the moment airing its third season.

In a collection of tweets, Kojima revealed that the project — which can have been a movie, quite than a recreation — would have been “a buddy (male/female) thing with a special detective squad facing off against legendary heroes behind the scenes.” The Boys, primarily based on a comedian by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, sees a group of underground vigilantes taking over a corrupt, corporate-owned superhero enterprise.

“I watched a few episodes that were delivered at the time when I was about to start a project that I had been warming up for a long time, and put it on hold because the concept was similar,” Kojima revealed. “I was thinking of Mads as the lead,” he stated, referring to his Death Stranding star and man-crush Mads Mikkelsen. When is Kojima not pondering of Mads?

“Today, when superheroes continue to be mass-produced in the entertainment industry, this drama was to be a radical hard-boiled action film, neither hero nor villain, with an astonishingly black joke setup and a worldview that is the opposite of what we are used to,” Kojima stated. Kojima has lengthy harbored ambitions as a filmmaker, and his studio Kojima Productions says it’s exploring “various possibilities with games, movies, and music.”

“The concept was the same, a black ‘anti-hero’ story in which a superhero and a human face off,” Kojima stated a little later, after catching up with the eight-episode first season. “But the setting, gimmicks, and tone [of The Boys] were very different from what I had in mind for my previous project.”

It appears this maybe-Mads-starring maybe-film by no means noticed energetic manufacturing, nonetheless. “Well, what I had planned stayed in my mind only, so I didn’t incur any cost for labor, material, research, or anything like that,” Kojima stated.

Kojima Productions is at the moment engaged on a new recreation with Xbox Game Studios, in addition to a second recreation that might properly be a sequel to Death Stranding.

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