For some of us, Contra gave us the first taste of intense and action packed gameplay filled with a level of testosterone only found back in the day. It’s undoubtedly one of the best run and gun games ever made.
Considering they replicated the looks of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the box art for the game, it would only make sense to make a movie about the popular game. Well, back when it was released anyway. Now? Well, it’s some odd timing for sure… but we’re getting a Contra movie after so long!
It somewhat feels like the well of things that have yet to be made into a movie is starting to get quite dry. Given the likes of the recently released Power Rangers and Ghost in the Shell, it shouldn’t be too long until we end up getting a Mr Blobby movie. Contra is just the latest offering. But who is making it? Did Konami just suddenly decide to put all of their eggs in one basket and bank on their well-loved run and gun title? Not so much. China is taking the project on.
China has become quite the media centre point for the world. They only get around 12 to 15 Hollywood movies for the year, and given the scope of the country, plenty of studios aim to get their hands on that precious Szechuan sauce. Hence why Iron Man 3 had a character named Dr. Wu that was not present in any version of the film released outside of China in an attempt to appease Chinese viewers.
No real information has been released on why this film is being made. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of the project. Actors like Scott Adkins have featured in Chinese films before, so the likes of Lance and Bill should still hold some likeness to their gaming counterparts and could be a fun little romp if you like classic action movies.
“In 1988, a huge meteorite lands on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea. Chen Qiang and Li Zhiyong investigate but come up empty handed. 29 years later, Chen sends commandos Bill and Lance into a combat mission there to neutralise the villainous Red Falcon Organization, but end up facing a different enemy altogether.”
One thing is clear though, it seems like China cares more about Contra than Konami does.
Check out the trailer for the film down below.
Are you excited by the idea of Contra Live Action film? Or would you rather see a different Konami property turned into a film