Hideo Kojima recently revealed that a superhero project he wanted Mads Mikkelsen to star in was canned due to similarities to The Boys TV show.
Since departing Konami in late 2015, Kojima has shipped one game – PlayStation console exclusive Death Stranding.
After months of rumors and speculation, the legendary developer finally confirmed that his next major project will come courtesy of a partnership with Xbox Game Studios.
Details about the mystery game remain under wraps, though uncorroborated reports claim the Xbox-published title could constitute Kojima’s long-rumored horror adventure.
But recent Twitter posts have fans wondering what Kojima’s creativity could do for the world of superhero storytelling.
Kojima’s superhero project would’ve been like The Boys
Over the weekend, amid ongoing hype about The Boys’ latest episode, Hideo Kojima revealed that he, too, has watched the Emmy-nominated Amazon series. The developer compared the premise of the show to a past superhero idea of his own.
Kojima’s unnamed superhero project would’ve involved a “special detective squad” taking on legendary heroes. Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in Death Stranding, served as the actor that Kojima wanted to cast in the leading role.
But similarities to The Boys at the time forced the Metal Gear Solid creator to sideline his idea in its entirety.
2/2and put it on hold because the concept was similar (different settings and tricks). A buddy (male/female) thing with a special detective squad facing off against legendary heroes behind the scenes. I was thinking of Mads as the lead.
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 26, 2022
The Boys’ showrunner, Eric Kripke, responded to Kojima’s post, asking him to “please come make a The Boys game.” Homelander actor Antony Starr chimed in as well, seconding the notion of a Kojima-produced experience based around the series.
Notably, the developer’s tweets never specify whether or not the canceled endeavor would’ve hit the market as a video game. He merely describes it as a “project.”
Given Kojima Productions’ expansion into film and TV, it’s possible the axed superhero-centric story may have existed in another medium of entertainment.