Contra is a nostalgic classic game many of us would most likely have played back in the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Over the years its been updated for newer consoles, and now it looks like it’s headed to the big and small screens as a live-action adaptation.
However, if you think Hollywood has gotten its mitts on the franchise, think again. This time, it isn’t the good ole US of A that’s making the live-action adaptations. Instead, it’s going to be China.
Konami’s involvement with China for its games isn’t new as a few years back, the game publisher released a mobile Contra game in the country. Looks like Konami doesn’t just the Contra franchise to just stay at games, as now they’re teaming up with a Chinese media giant to produce both the live-action movie and TV series.
The Chinese company that Konami will be working with is the Starlight Media group which, while having produced many hit Chinese movies, they have only recently branched out beyond their shores, including financing The Conjuring’s James Wan’s Atomic Monster Productions for his future movies.
In the case of Contra though, the partnership with Konami will see the movie is set in China though we’re not too sure if the two main Contra characters will be Chinese as well.
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 neutralize the villainous Red Falcon Organization, but end up facing a different enemy altogether.
As you can read from the synopsis above, the Chinese involvement is pretty apparent though it’s pretty vague if the two main characters are Asian or Caucasian.
Whatever it is though, the live-action movie and TV series is being made and a poster and teaser for has been made (main picture above).
Not much other details have been released though including the actual release date but one thing has been made clear is that both would be released worldwide when they eventually come out.
So what do you think? Is a Contra live-action adaptation is a good idea and would China do a better job at a video game adaptation than Hollywood ever has?