Live-Action Contra Movie Being Produced

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We’ve learned (via China Film Insider) that a real-life movie is being produced based on the long-running Konami shooter, Contra.

The new movie is one of three scripts picked up by Beijing Starlit Movie and TV Culture, which got approved by China’s Big Brother-like cultural bureau this month.

Details are scant, however we know the plot is supposed to be similar to the game franchise and will naturally have the same name. However, as the movie is being produced in China, it will take place on an island in the South China Sea and will have additional Chinese characters.

“In 1988, a huge meteorite lands on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea,” the official description published by China’s media watchdog reads.

“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.”

A premiere wasn’t announced, mostly because the production for the movie sounds like it hasn’t even begun yet. Rest assured, there will be lots of gunfire and hopefully no lack of violence, as the movie will presumably be made under China’s strict cultural policies.

Editor’s Note: Featured image is from the historical military drama First Blood

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  • Mr0303

    This should’ve been done when Arnold and Sly were in their prime.

  • NukeA6

    As long as Hollywood isn’t doing it, I can’t expect it to be total trash. China is not some grrrl power country that recognizes stupid shit like fictional genders.

  • Duuuuuuuuuuude if that happened I would have nutted like 90 times

  • goodbyejojo

    true, but it would nearly impossible during those days, because they were competition back in the day.

  • bimmyz

    closest thing to a contra movie is the original predator

  • Mr0303

    Still, that would’ve been the ideal situation.

  • Fenrir007

    I’m amazed China isn’t forcing them to rebrand Red Falcon to Blue Falcon.

    Anyway, I’m not optimistic, but at least it’s not made by Pedowood, so there’s still hope.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Chinese Expendables?

  • Cubed Grapes

    I’m pumped for the bio-mech destroying action. So long as they include this guy:

  • sAy_YaS

    What i wanna know is where the hell is the Contra game that was teased at E3 some years ago??? WHERE IS IT KONAMI?!?!?!?!?

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Being restructured for Mobile devices.

  • RichardGristle

    All at once.

  • Wanderer

    Knowing today’s Hollywood this movie is gonna suck massive balls. One of the protagonists will be some badass strong independent womyn who don’t need no man, and the other will be some metrosexual mulatto. The aliens will be a hamfisted metaphor for white supremacy and the entire movie will be an allegory for trans acceptance or some shit. If you want the real Contra movie then just go back and watch 80s macho action classics like Predator.

  • ProxyDoug

    It’s being made in China.

  • ProxyDoug

    Two years worth of semen.

  • bgrunge

    Yeah, so it will be overtly pro-chinese, but whatever, so was Ip Man and that’s still a good movie.

  • bgrunge

    You mean pachi-slot machines

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  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Doubt it if they’ve been scared bad enough to come running back to games to resurrect Bomberman.

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  • Evan Rizer

    Don’t we already have The Expendables 1, 2, and 3?

  • DrearierSpider

    Is that image really from First Blood? Looks like it’s the sequel from the jungle setting.

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