In a surprising turn of events, Konami has announced that the classic arcade game Contra will be receiving its own movie adaptation.
This isn’t the first time a Konami license has received a film adaptation. In 2006, Konami produced an adaptation of the popular Silent Hill franchise, which opened to poor critical response. In 2006, Metal Gear director Hideo Kojima announced that a film adaptation of the PlayStation game Metal Gear Solid was in the works as well. That production was confirmed to be postponed indefinitely, in 2010. In 2012, Kojima once again announced that Arad Productions would be producing a movie adaptation of Metal Gear Solid with Columbia Pictures.
Konami is now looking to further bolster the company’s presence in the film industry. Considering their arcade roots, the Contra games have always focused on gameplay over story. It’ll be interesting to see how the series fares in movie form. The question now is, will the film feature beloved characters Bill Rizer and Lance Bean? And, if so, who will play them? Lance does look an awful lot like Sylvester Stallone on the NES box art.
Konami will be partnering with Starlight Film, among others, to produce the movie. Their original statement can be found here.