Contra remains to be one of the most iconic games of all time and most recent release of the game in China gained critical acclaims. Following the success of the latest installment, Konami Digital Entertainment announced that a live action movie as well as a television series is coming in future based on the game.
In an official announcement, the company said, “At Konami, we not only use our IP to develop games, but we are also working to bring various forms of entertainment to people all over the world. For this project, we will be headquartered in Beijing, China, and partnered with Starlight Film, among others, to produce the films.”
However, if you are following the news related to the game, then you might not be surprised by the latest announcement. For instance, back in April, reports surfaced that a script for the upcoming movie was in development and was approved by China’s film bureau. While the full details of the story aren’t known so far, the company released synopsis of the movie. The official description of the story reads, “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.”
While it is certainly great to see that the fans will get a tv series and movie, it remains to be seen if the upcoming movie can break the curse related to the video game movies. For a long time, different high profile studios have tried to replicate a game’s success into other form of entertainment but failed. For instance, despite Assassin’s Creed’s unquestionable popularity, the movie based on the game was thrashed by critics upon its release and remains to be one of the biggest failures in recent memory. On the other hand, although Resident Evil franchise brought solid box office return, the franchise is far from being critically acclaimed. As a result, it will be interesting to see if Contra can break the pattern with its story.
As for now, more details regarding the movie will come at a later date. Moreover, as the production of the movie is expected to begin in coming months, we should learn more about the upcoming movie in next couple of months.
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