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Contra lining up for a movie and television series

by Sean P. Aune | October 27, 2017October 27, 2017 9:00 am PST

Konami’s hit video game series Contra looks as though it will be heading to both the big and small screen in the near future if the game company has its way.

In a bit of a surprise announcement this week, Konami revealed plans to bring back the Contra brand in a big way in the not too distant future. Some vague plans had been announced earlier this year, but now things look to be official and Konami is teaming up with Chinese production company Starlight Media for both a feature film and a television series.

Currently the plans call for a worldwide release, but no word as of yet as to which platform the TV series may deal with.

Originally released in 1987 as an arcade game, the original Contra also eventually made its way home on the original Nintendo Entertainment System with a cover art that had more than a passing resemblance to characters from the 1987 Predator film.

In total there have been 14 different games related to the Contra property with the most recent being a popular mobile game in China. The properties appear to be based more on the Chinese releases than anything else with China Film Insider revealing the plot synopsis of the film back in April.

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.

Of course, the biggest question is how in the world will they work the infamous Konami Code of Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-Select-Start into the film or TV series. You know it will have to show up somewhere along the way or else it just won’t feel like Contra.

Contra game box

No, this doesn’t look like Predator at all.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...