China will be producing a Contra live action movie
Konami’s late 80s hit is going to the big-screen.
One of the most popular arcade titles, and perhaps also one of the most difficult, Contra is said to be hitting the big screen in China as a report states that the 1987 classic received the approval for a live action adaptation from the country’s own film bureau.
The game, which featured the Rambo-esque characters of Bill Rizer and Lance Bean, both said to have their designs based the popular action stars, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, had players shoot their way through wave after wave of enemies, soldiers from the Red Falcon Organization and taking on the Alien overlords that are trying to take over the earth.
Originally released for Arcade machines, Contra made its way into the NES, Famicom, Commodore 64, and even the PC and MS-DOS platforms, and is one of the first games to feature the most popular cheat of all time, the Konami code, which increases the life count to 30 from the original 3.
As China is doing an adaptation of a game whose plot is based of western influences, of course, changes to suit the and adapt to the tastes of the Chinese audience are made and, according to China Film Insider, the live action movie’s adaptation would read:
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.
Although the plot might retain the original names of the game’s protagonist, do note that in the original game, the Contras, which is the name of the fictional group that both Bill and Lance is part of, is a Nicaraguan-based armed group that is backed by the CIA, whereas in the Chinese version, it would seem like both of them are Commandos serving under the Chinese army. Also, the original location of the Contra conflict is depicted to be at the fictional Galuga Archipelago near New Zealand, whereas in the Chinese live-action adaptation, it will be on the uninhabited islands of South China Sea.
The film will be produced by Beijing Starlit Movie and TV Culture, known for movies The Warring States and Special ID, and will have its screenplay written by Wei Nan, there is no clear news yet as to when the movie will be out, however it will most likely be released sometime next year.