Movies based on video games have a habit of being somewhat inconsistent; for every decent effort there are countless terrible examples which totally fail to live up to the promise of the source material.
We'll let you decide which camp the upcoming Contra flick will fall into. The script - by Beijing Starlit Movie and TV Culture - gained approval from China’s film bureau last month, and there is speculation that 28-year-old Jing Tian will be cast in the movie.
Here's the official synopsis:
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 arcade title - which was famously ported to the NES - boasted Arnold Schwarzenegger (Lance) and Sylvester Stallone (Bill) lookalikes on the cover and took place in the fictional Galuga archipelago.
The chances of this movie making it outside of China in any major capacity are slim, but would you like to watch it?