First, China stole our jingoistic 80s action movie format to score a massive hit with Wolf Warrior 2. Now, it seems, they're stealing our formula of lazily rebooting video games as movie franchises! What's next? Are they going to elect Donald Trump?!
Videogame maker Konami officially announced today that they're developing a Contra movie and television show. Konami will be based out of Beijing for the operation, and partnered with China's Starlight Films, as well as WeFmedia and Hanwin Film. The story was first reported back in April by China Film Insider, who noted that China's government film bureau had approved the movie. A mobile Contra game was a hit in China a few years ago. They also had a description of the film:
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.
The original Contra was released in 1987, just shortly after the infamous Iran Contra Scandal rocked Ronald Reagan's America. Perhaps China's Contra movie can use that same spirit to capitalize on modern American political zeitgeist, effectively bringing Contra forward into the Trump era and making it more relevant a property than ever before?
You know what? It just might work.